TOPAZ LAKE, Nev. (KOLO) - Douglas County and the Walker River Irrigation District are investigating the death of a dog at Topaz Lake. The Labrador Retriever was swimming in the lake the weekend of April 1, 2017, and was sucked into a drain whirlpool. The dog hasn't been found and is presumed dead.
Photo courtesy Walker River Irrigation District
The dog's owner says signage didn't clearly state information about any rules about dogs on the property or any risks.
A statement from a Douglas County spokesperson says:
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident and the loss of the dog. We immediately reached out to the owner of the animal to find out what happened and express condolences. The Walker River Irrigation District, managing authority of this Lake, is putting out additional signage to warn people to stay clear of the area. We have never had an incident related to the drain in the past. Dogs are not allowed on the property without a leash for their safety and the safety of others. We will continue to monitor the drain and work with Walker River Irrigation District."
Douglas County manages the parks portion of Topaz Lake. The lake and water system is managed by Walker River Irrigation District.