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.
According 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).
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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