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Family's pet poisoned by lead-laced water

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Adam and Christina Murphy don't trust the tap and their kids can only drink bottled water.

"Your kids and your family are most important," Christina Murphy said.

They have four children, the fifth is on the way, and so far blood tests for the entire family have come back in the safe range.

But that isn't the case for the other three members of their family: their dogs.

"I don't want our dogs to die," said Kai Murphy.

They first noticed something was wrong with Duke back in December.

The Australian Shepherd started losing weight and acting out.

"And I'm like telling him, he's really sick, something's wrong with him," Christina Murphy said.

Adam Murphy works at GM and shortly after the plant quit using Flint River water, he said a co-worker mentioned to him the corrosiveness of it the water could be hurting old lead lines.

In October, they got blood work done on Duke.

The test results came back with lead levels well above the toxic level.

"We don't put our kids or our animals in harms way or let them chew on things or whatever," Christina Murphy said.

The Murphys recently had the faucet they used to give water to their dogs tested.

Lead levels were eight times over the federally set limit.

"Who's responsible for this? Are we? Because we weren't the ones negligent," Adam Murphy said.

Duke is recovering and now he and their other two dogs only drink bottled water.

But this family said what happened to them is just another layer of the crisis here.

"What happens to all of these companions that just get swept under the rug because they're pet they’re just expendable," Christina Murphy said.

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