Buddy’s health was steadily deteriorating after he had trouble breathing and a thick nasal mucosa in April. He was euthanized on July 11 after vomiting began to clot, Mahoneys told National Geographic.
It is not known whether the coronavirus played a role in his death. Blood tests showed that Buddy probably had lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system, veterinarians said.
A New York City Department of Health spokesman said an agreement had been made to take the dog’s body for necropsy, but when instructions were shared with a veterinarian, the body was already cremated.
The USDA̵7;s confirmed animal coronavirus database in the United States includes 12 dogs, 10 cats, a tiger, and a lion. The agency says there is currently no evidence that animals play an important role in the spread of coronavirus, but it seems the virus can spread from humans to animals in some situations.