Beneful Dog Food from Purina is killing and making dogs ill, claims the latest class action lawsuit filed by a dog owner who is said to have firsthand experience with his own dogs. He claims that Purnia’s dry dog food, Beneful, has sickened and killed dogs, which is documented in the over 3,000 complaints online. Frank Lucido is the man who filed this class-action lawsuit claiming that his dogs also fell victim to this dry dog food, according to MSN Money on Feb. 25.
Lucido fed his three dogs Beneful and within a month of this dog food in their diet, one died and the other two fell ill. Lucido filed the suit in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California against Nestle Purina PetCare Company.
Beneful uses an additive in the food that is an animal toxin, cites the lawsuit. It is something that is also used in automobile antifreeze, indicates the suit. The Purina folks claim that what they use as an additive is allowed in human food by the FDA. They issued a statement that included, “There are no quality issues with Beneful.”
According to the Christian Science Monitor today, Purina claims that the lawsuit is “baseless and we intend to vigorously defend our high quality, nutritious food.” Lucido contends that the veterinarian’s report said that his dogs showed symptoms consistent with being poisoned and the only thing the dogs had in common was the Beneful food.
Due to renovations going on at home, all three of Lucido’s dogs stayed at different locations, which would rule-out any environment factor they may have had in common. The only common factor was the Beneful dry dog food, claims Lucido
In the suit, Lucido lists the complaints that are consistent from dog owners in the past four years. 3,000 consumers have posted online about dogs becoming ill or dying after eating Beneful. These dogs all had “consistent symptoms,” including stomach and related internal bleeding, liver malfunction or failure, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, weight loss, seizures and kidney failure.
This is not the first time Purina has faced lawsuits that were similar and each time they were dismissed by the courts. But in May a lawsuit claiming Purina’s jerky treats were making dogs sick and killing dogs was not dismissed. The lawsuit was settled for $6.5 million after the FDA said that the China-made jerky treats sold by Purina were linked to more than 1,000 dogs dying and 4,800 animals falling ill.
Lucido is not seeking compensation for just himself. He is doing this for the other pet owners who purchased Beneful in the last four years and “incurred any out of pocket costs due to illness, injury or death of the dog resulting from the ingestion of Beneful.”