Water samples analyzed following reports of dogs becoming ill after swimming in Lake Travis

Reports surfaced Feb. 22 of dogs falling ill after swimming in Lake Travis. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)
Reports surfaced Feb. 22 of dogs falling ill after swimming in Lake Travis. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)

Reports surfaced Feb. 22 of dogs falling ill after swimming in Lake Travis. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)

The Lower Colorado River Authority is analyzing water samples in light of reports received Feb. 22 that four dogs became ill after swimming in Lake Travis.

All four dogs entered the water in the Hudson Bend region of Lake Travis—a 6-mile peninsula located near Mansfield Dam, according to LCRA Public Information Officer Clara Tuma.



LCRA obtained water samples from the area in the afternoon of Feb. 22 and anticipates receiving results no later than Feb. 25, Tuma said.

Until then, out of an abundance of caution, LCRA has encouraged pet owners to refrain from letting their dogs swim near Hudson Bend. As of Feb. 23, reports had not surfaced from any other section of the lake.

Community Impact Newspaper previously reported in 2019 that a toxic algae bloom created by hot and dry temperatures in Austin's Lady Bird Lake led to the death of five dogs. However, at this time the cause of the incidents stemming from Lake Travis is still unclear.

By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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