Shelby Twp apartment pond water kills more than a dozen geese

A polluted pond is killing geese in a Shelby Township apartment complex. 

The pond at Roma Valley apartment complex appears to be serene but residents say up to a dozen geese have died in the water.

"This pond serves no purpose," said resident Robert Bole. "Full of dead birds and trash."

Bole said when management at the complex did not react to the problem of dead birds he contacted Macomb County Animal Control.

"We went out there Sunday and removed five dead water fowl and then again yesterday and removed seven or eight, probably around 10," said Jeff Randazzo, Macomb County chief animal control officer. 

Randazzo says the irrigation system at the complex is the pond is used to water the lawn at the complex.

"It's Roma Valley's responsibility to have the water tested if they are using water for irrigation purposes," Randazzo said.

Officials say the dead birds were sent out to the Dept. of Natural Resources for testing.. But they believe they already know what the problem is.

"Botulism is a bacterium," Randazzo said. "It is caused by dead animals in bottom of pond. The birds are infected with it."

FOX 2 contacted a management company at Roma Valley and was told the complex has several different owners.

The manager we spoke to, says she only became aware of an issue of dead birds this week and is working with officials to resolve the problem.

"I can assure them that we are trying to work with the DNR," said Laura Pogasic, office of manager of buildings O &D at Roma Valley. "I have a message left for them to find out if any of the birds were sick and what our next steps to do."
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