Linked to Over 1000 Dog Deaths and Over 4800 Complaints. Circkles ran a story on this about 2 years ago reporting that hundreds of pet owners had come forward saying various brands of chicken jerky treats were responsible for their dogs developing chronic illnesses and dying shortly after eating the treats. The FDA had first released this warning in 2007, and then again a couple years ago, and keeps releasing the warnings but apparently doing nothing about the problem due to what they say is, “lack of clear evidence that the deaths are directly related to the treats.” Really? How many more complaints and unnecessary pet deaths do you need to at least investigate it?
In 2013, a class action lawsuit charging that Nestle Purina’s Yam Good chicken treats killed the plaintiffs’ dogs has suffered a setback. A federal judge in Illinois ruled that the consumer protection laws of the plaintiffs’ home states take precedence.
U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman also dismissed most of the allegations against Walmart, Costco, Target, BJs, CVS, Walgreens, Pet Supplies and other retailers who sold the treats, Courthouse News Service reported.
The jerky treats are made in China by Waggin’ Train, a Nestle Purina company. Chinese chicken has been blamed for numerous cases of death and illness in dogs. Until recently, Chinese chicken could not be imported into the U.S. for human consumption but the USDA recently announced that four Chinese chicken plants would be allowed to import their products and would not have to label them as originating in China.
“Between March 13, 2012 and March 15, 2012, Mr. Adkins gave one of the treats to Cleopatra daily, which he chopped into two to three pieces,” the lawsuit states. “Mr. Adkins made no other changes in her diet.”
“Immediately thereafter, Cleopatra became sick and, on March 26, 2012, died of kidney failure.”
“Mr. Adkins owns another nine year old Pomeranian, named Pharaoh,” the complaint continues. “Mr. Adkins did not feed any of the ‘Yam Good’ treats to him. Pharaoh did not become ill.”
Other class members made similar claims, but Judge Gettleman said their cases should be heard in the states where they reside.
“In the instant case, 19 out of 21 plaintiffs allege that they reside in states other than Illinois and that they purchased the chicken jerky treats and fed them to their pets in their home states. With the exception of the two plaintiffs who reside in Illinois, the complaint alleges no other facts tying any of defendants’ alleged misconduct or the plaintiffs’ alleged injuries to Illinois,” the judge said.