After dog dies, Havelock pet owner warns of tick diseases

tick disease

Joe Sosik holds a picture of his dog Troy, who was put down after he said the dog contracted a tick borne disease. He said he wants residents to be aware of the dangers ticks can have on dogs.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 03:37 PM.

Joe Sosik’s dog Troy was a happy, vigorous 5-year-old black lab who loved to run in the woods, but Sosik says a tick-borne disease cut his life short.

"He was a strong dog," Sosik said. "It was sad to seem him go down like that. He went down very quick."

Now Sosik wants to make pet owners aware of the potential danger of tick diseases.

"It’s Russian roulette when you take your dog out into the woods," he said. "The public should be aware of it and be vigilant."

Sosik lives on Donnell Avenue in Havelock, but would take Troy down a forest road at the edge of the Croatan National Forest across from Railroad Street two of three times a week.

"I stayed on the road but he would like to go inside the brush and sniff around," Sosik said. "Had I known that that kind of tick was out there, I would have been much more vigilant about checking him when he came out of the woods."

Within a day, Sosik noticed that his dog was doing a lot of coughing.

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