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Dog owner sues chicken jerky manufacturer, claiming treats killed his dog

Dhicon_thumb By DogHeirs Team | April 20, 2012 | Comments (2)

Cleo the pomeranian
Cleopatra died of kidney failure on March 26.

Today, a Chicago-area man filed a lawsuit against Nestle Purina Petcare Co., alleging one of its Waggin' Train treat products killed his dog.

According to the complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Chicago, Dennis Adkin's  9-year-old Pomeranian became sick and died of kidney failure last month, allegedly after eating Waggin' Train's Yam Good chicken wrapped treats.

Waggin train Yam Good treatsAccording to Adkins’s complaint, he purchased the treats on March 11 and fed one a day to his dog Cleopatra - in pieces - for three days, starting March 13, while making no other changes to Cleopatra's diet. The dog became ill on March 15 and died of kidney failure on March 26. His other 9-year-old Pomeranian, Pharaoh, neither ate the treats nor became ill, Adkins said.

Addkins also sued Wal-Mart Stores Inc., where he bought the treats.

He seeks compensatory and punitive damages, claiming the companies breached express and implied warranties that the treats were fit for consumption. The lawsuit also seeks class-action status on behalf of people who bought the treats or similar products, or own dogs that consumed them and became ill.

Nestle Purina issued an email statement stating Waggin’ Train products are "safe to feed as directed. We believe the claims made in the suit to be without merit and intend to vigorously defend ourselves," the St. Louis-based company said.

The case is Adkins v. Nestle Purina Petcare Co., 12cv2871, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).

Related news:

A Florida woman told news media of how her dog become ill from eating Waggin' Train treats, and when she sought compensation, Nestle Purina's offered her $150 towards her vet bill in with the condition that she sign a confidentiality agreement. Read here.

Multiple warnings were issued from the FDA, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and American Veterinary Medical Association regarding chicken jerky treats made in China. Read here.

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Comments on this Article

I discovered Waggin Tales at a Sam Club and fed them to my 2 Beagles and Foxhound from 1996 until 1998, when I read an article about how so many pet treats were coming from China. Coupled with the lead paint scandals on toys made there, I looked a little deeper into the chicken jerky safety question. Around the same time, there was a bird flu outbreak in China, so I immediately stopped buying this stuff. I searched for similar treats manufactured in the USA and found that NONE were; they all came from China! I had no idea if we were shipping chicken there or they were using chickens raised there. Either way, I discontinued buying this dangerous stuff and look very carefully at labels for my Beagle, who replaced the last of the three mentioned above in October of 2010. Basically, if it ain't made here, DON'T BUY IT OR GIVE IT TO YOUR DOG!
My GSD also became sick after eating these, he had some totally unexplained diarrhea , that ended only with a trip to the vet, this all started after eating these treats, Didn't connect the dot's but our older GSD had to be put to sleep in Jan. He was an older dog, but the constant diarrhea started after giving him this type of treat, we never put 2 and 2 together.
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