Dog found with fungal disease was rescued from Southwest

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — A University of New Hampshire pathologist recently diagnosed a fungal disease called Valley Fever in a rescue dog from Arizona, the school said in a news release Tuesday.

It was the first time the school’s veterinary lab had diagnosed the disease in a dog in New Hampshire. The disease, which is treatable, is common in the Southwest and rarely seen in native New England dogs, the university said.

“In this case, we learned from the veterinarian that this dog was rescued from Arizona two years prior and had a small mass on its leg at that time,”said Colleen Monahan, senior veterinary pathologist at the the lab. “The mass recently had increased in size, leading to concern from the owner and removal by the veterinarian.”

Common early symptoms of Valley Fever in dogs are coughing, fever, weight loss, lack of appetite, and lack of energy. Most dogs recover. People and animals can develop it after inhaling spores growing in loose, sandy soils most commonly found in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. The disease can’t be passed from animals to people or between animals.

Driver charged following 2019 crash into tanker truck

EPPING, N.H. (AP) — A driver has been charged with reckless conduct and second-degree assault in connection with a Route 101 crash into tanker truck that spilled over 5,000 gallons of fuel, police said.

The crash in Epping, New Hampshire, caused the tanker to roll over on Dec. 16. The driver of the tanker truck suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Desiree Gulyban, 25, of Hampton, was arrested Monday. Police had said she was injured, but not seriously. It wasn’t immediately known if she had a lawyer who could speak on behalf, and a phone number couldn’t be found for her.

Police said the tanker was traveling in the right lane. A car in the left lane veered into the right lane and collided with tanker, causing it to rupture.

Route 101 between exits 6 and 7 was closed for about 10 hours. Police said environmental assessment and cleanup of the fuel remains ongoing, and is expected to last several months to a year.

More testing on truck in fatal June crash of seven bikers

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — Officials prosecuting the driver of a pickup truck in a collision that killed seven motorcyclists want an outside consultant to conduct tests on the vehicle without members of the man’s defense team present, according to documents filed in a New Hampshire court.

The state has custody of the Dodge Ram truck and an attached trailer involved in the Randolph, New Hampshire, crash in June. State officials said their own consultant “may conduct testing or take additional measurements of the truck.” It would document the vehicle’s condition before and afterward.

Prosecutors likened the request to executing a search warrant and said the defense team’s insistence on being present “is without merit.”

The motion filed Friday in Coos County Superior Court in Lancaster said the lawyer for driver Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, who is charged with negligent homicide, objected unless someone from the defense team can be at the truck testing.

Zhukovskyy, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, has pleaded not guilty.

Two properties in New Hampshire destroyed by barn fires

BELMONT, N.H. (AP) — Fires destroyed two New Hampshire properties over the weekend, fire officials said.

Both blazes were called in by passersby in Belmont. The first fire was reported around 7 p.m. on Saturday, and the second about 10 p.m. Sunday, The Laconia Daily Sun reported.

Belmont Fire Chief Mike Newhall said both fires started in barns attached to the homes and that the two homes were total losses. He said the owners for both properties were out of state.

Newell said his department was short staffed and the single-digit temperatures made it difficult to control the blaze.

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