Shelby Farms officials are testing as a precaution after social media post about dogs’ deaths

Local Safety Alert

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – UPDATE 4:15 p.m. – Shelby Farms sent Local 24 News this statement:

We can confirm the report that two dogs died after playing in the lakes at The Outback off-leash area. We cannot confirm the causes of death at this time.

The safety of all visitors, including pets, is our top priority, and extensive water testing is being performed by an outside laboratory. In addition to lab testing, we are working with multiple partners to ensure that we have the most accurate information about our lake ecosystems. Out of an abundance of caution, we are closing the lakes in The Outback.

We understand and share the passion our visitors have for pet safety and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue to gather information, wait for lab results and formulate action plans as needed. 


(ORIGINAL STORY) – Shelby Farms Park is testing for toxic algae after a Facebook post claimed two dogs died after swimming at the park.

Shelby Farms officials said they haven’t been contacted by any pet owner about the possible deaths but are testing as a precaution. They also say they haven’t seen any signs of toxic algae.

They say two rounds of testing and been completed, and they are awaiting secondary lab results.

Shelby Farms officials say the safety of its visitors, both human and canine, is their top priority.

Update: We have completed the first of two rounds of testing and are awaiting secondary lab results. The results for…

Posted by Shelby Farms Park on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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