Outbreak of rare disease claims dogs life in Preston

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A vet’s practice has announced a dog has died from a rare, infectious disease in Preston.

Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists announced via their Facebook page that “one further dog has having died as a result of cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy”.

The specialists say it is the 65th confirmed case of the disease - also known as Alabama Rot - in the UK since 2012.

They are waiting for information on where the dog was walked, but is believed to be from the Fulwood area.

A friend of the dog-owner claims the dog was walked in Highgate Woods off Garstang Road.

Dogs reported with Alabama Rot can suffer with kidney failure and/or skin lesions. It is believed to be caused by a rare form of E.coli.

After an outbreak of the disease in Wiltshire in December, owners were told not to walk their dogs in certain places.