Toxic warning to dog walkers at Tittesworth Water

DOG-WALKERS are being warned about a danger posed to their pets at a popular beauty spot in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Seven Trent Water are warnng their Tittesworth reservoir at Meerbrook near Leek could contain a toxic algae.
A spokesperson at Tittesworth Water urge dog owners: “Please keep dogs out of the reservoir as there is blue-green algae present at th moment.
“Dogs in particular are vulnerable to its effects as the algae gets filtered out ontotheir fur and they swallow it when cleaning themselves.
“In pure form blue-green algal pigments can be as toxic as Black Mamba venom.”
Blue-green algae thrives during spells of warm and wet weather.
If an affected animal is left untreated, it can result in neurological problems, liver issues and death.