First COVID-19 case in a dog confirmed by USDA

First COVID-19 case in a dog confirmed by USDA Photo: MGN.

Updated: June 03, 2020 04:16 PM
Created: June 03, 2020 03:51 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The United States Department of Agriculture has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in a dog.

The German shepherd lives in New York State.


Samples were taken after the dog showed signs of respiratory illness.

The USDA says one of the dog's owners also tested positive for the virus.

A second dog in the house has tested positive for antibodies.

The infected dog is expected to make a full recovery.

Other animals that have tested positive for COVID-19 include a tiger, a lion and two cats, all in New York.

Experts say there's no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus.

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