A class action lawsuit filed on February 5 in a California federal court against Nestle Purina Petcare Company, claims Beneful dog food is killing dogs, reports TopClassActions.com.
The plaintiff, Frank Lucido owned three dogs; a German Shepherd, an English Bulldog and a Labrador retriever. According to court reported documents, in December 2014 or early January 2015, and for the first time, Lucido fed each of his dogs Beneful dog food.
On January 15, the German shepherd became ill and began to lose a significant amount of his coat and developed an odor. A veterinarian diagnosed the dog with internal bleeding in his stomach and a liver malfunction “consistent with poisoning.”
On January 23, the family’s English Bulldog was found dead in the yard.
“Post-mortem veterinary examination revealed signs of internal bleeding in the dog’s stomach and lesions on his liver, much like [the German Shepherd].”
Their third dog also became ill and is being tested.
Furthermore, the lawsuit claims more than 3,000 complaints have been registered on the Internet about sick or dying dogs from Beneful. The lawsuit contends:
“The dogs show consistent symptoms, including stomach and related internal bleeding, liver malfunction or failure, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, weight loss, seizures, bloating, and kidney failure.”
Attorneys allege the dog food’s principle ingredients include mycotoxins, which are “a group of toxins produced by fungus that occurs in grains” and also contains propylene glycol which is “an automotive component that is a known animal toxin and is poisonous to cats and dogs.”
The United States Food and Drug Administration has never issued a recall or warning against Beneful with Purina claiming their food is safe and nutritious for dogs to eat.
The two-class action lawsuits seek to represent a nationwide class and also a sub category for California dog owners who purchased Beneful dog food in the past four years and have experienced similar problems with their dogs.
The Beneful Toxic Dog Food Class Action Lawsuit is Frank Lucido v. Nestle Purina Petcare Company and has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
For more information about this lawsuit, dog owners may contact:
Jeffrey B. Cereghino of Ram, Olson, Cereghino & Kopcyzynski, by John Yanchunis of Morgan & Morgan Complex Litigation Group, by Karl Molineux of Merrill, Nomura & Molineux, and by Donna F. Solen of Kimbrell Kimbrell & Solen LLC.
Pet owners are encouraged to watch for symptoms of illness and carefully research all pet foods previous to purchasing dog food.
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