Buddy, the first dog to test COVID-19 positive dies in New York

File image of a German Shepherd (not Buddy)

Buddy, the German shepherd in New York that had the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in a dog in the U.S. has died, the media reported on Friday.

Quoting National Geographic who had been contacted by Buddy’s owners, Robert and Allison Mahoney of Staten Island, the reports said that the 7-year-old shepherd, developed breathing problems in mid-April after Robert had been sick with the coronavirus for several weeks. A veterinarian tested Buddy in May and found him positive for the virus.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported in June that a German shepherd in New York state was the first dog in the country to test positive for COVID-19, but did not identify the owners.

Buddy’s health declined steadily after he developed breathing problems and thick nasal mucus in April. He was euthanized on July 11 after he started vomiting clotted blood, the Mahoneys told National Geographic.

It’s unknown if the coronavirus played a role in his death. Blood tests indicated Buddy likely had lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system, veterinarians told the family, the media report added.