After breathing difficulties and thick nasal mucus appeared in April, Buddy’s health receded. According to a report by Mahoneys National Geographic, he was killed on July 11, when he began vomiting blood.
It is not known whether coronavirus played a role in his death. Blood tests indicated that Buddy probably had lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system, veterinarians said.
A spokesman for the New York City Department of Health said that measures had been taken to remove the dog’s body for autopsy, but when the instructions were shared with the veterinarian, the body was already cremated.
The USDA database of confirmed cases of coronavirus in animals in the USA contains 12 dogs, 10 cats, a tiger and a lion. The Agency argues that there is currently no evidence that animals play a significant role in the spread of coronavirus, but it appears that the virus may spread from humans to animals in some situations.