Are your pets sick from contaminated water?

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SANDY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Sandy City officials have stated the water in the city is no longer contaminated, but questions remain about the impact it has had on animals.

Earlier this month, a pump malfunctioned and sent high levels of lead, copper, and fluoride into the water.

One Sandy resident, who did not want to be identified, told ABC4 News, she can’t help but think her 13 chickens, 14 ducks, 2 geese, turkey, and horse, were exposed to contaminants.

“They’re animals,” said the woman, while showing our cameras around her farm. “We have to go off their symptoms. They can’t tell us what’s wrong with them.”

City officials say concerned residents should take their pets to a veterinarian.

“I can take them to a vet, but they’ll want hundreds of dollars just to do blood work. There’s no insurance. I don’t have that kind of money to pay out of pocket,” said the woman. 

“What if I can come up with the money to do blood work? What then? What if there is something? There’s no treatment. To so many people, they’re just birds,” the woman added.

If you have concerns, call the state veterinarian (801) 538-7100.

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