Lawsuit Alleges Purina Beneful Sickened, Killed Dogs
The lawyers at Morgan & Morgan have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of people whose dogs became sick or died after eating certain Purina Beneful dry "kibble" pet foods. According to the lawsuit, some Purina Beneful pet foods contain harmful ingredients that are toxic and poisonous to dogs. More than 3,000 pet owners have allegedly complained that their dogs became seriously ill after eating Purina and that they incurred extensive veterinary bills to have their dogs tested and treated for illnesses, according to the suit. In some cases, these pet owners continue to incur expenses for medications to treat their dogs' ongoing health problems.
If your dog got sick or died after eating Purina Beneful, you may be able to participate in this class action lawsuit and receive compensation for veterinary bills and other losses. Contact Morgan & Morgan today to learn more about your rights.
Which Beneful Products Are Hurting Dogs?
In the class action lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that the following dry "kibble" dog foods are sickening and killing dogs:
- Purina Beneful Healthy Weight
- Purina Beneful Original
- Purina Beneful Incredibites
- Purina Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies
- Purina Beneful Healthy Smile
- Purina Beneful Healthy Fiesta
- Purina Beneful Healthy Radiance
- Purina Beneful Playful Life
These pet foods allegedly contain substances that are toxic to animals, including:
Propylene glycol, an antifreeze component and known animal toxin that is poisonous to cats and dogs. According to the lawsuit, the maker of Purina Beneful knew or should have known that the FDA has prohibited propylene glycol from being used in cat foods because the company also makes these products; however, the company continues to use the potentially dangerous ingredient in its dog foods.
Mycotoxins, a group of toxins that are produced by fungus that occurs in grains. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that dangerous levels of mycotoxins have been found during testing conducted on Purina Beneful Original.
What Health Problems Have Been Reported?
Consumers have complained that their dogs suffered the following health problems after eating certain dry "kibble" Purina Beneful products:
- Bladder stones
- Internal bleeding of the stomach and other organs
- Liver malfunction and failure
- Kidney failure
In many cases, pet owners claimed that their dogs showed the following symptoms prior to these diagnoses:
- Weight loss
According to the complaints, these side effects occurred in dogs of all ages. In some cases, the dogs reportedly fell sick and died just days after eating the food.
What Is the Lawsuit Saying About Beneful?
In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that he began feeding his three dogs Purina Beneful dry dog food on January 15, 2015 and that all of his dogs suffered adverse side effects from the food.
On the same day he began feeding his dogs Purina Beneful, the plaintiff alleges that one of his dogs began losing large amounts of hair and producing an unusual odor. Two days later, the same dog became violently ill and veterinary testing allegedly revealed that she was suffering from internal bleeding in her stomach and liver malfunction that was consistent with poisoning.
Then, on January 23, the plaintiff alleges that another one of his dogs was found dead in his yard. A post-mortem veterinary exam revealed that the dog was suffering from similar injuries, including internal bleeding and lesions on his liver, according to the suit. The plaintiff also alleges that his third dog has since become sick after eating the Purina Beneful pet food and is currently undergoing medical testing.
The plaintiff alleges that he has spent extensive amounts of money to have his dogs tested and treated by a veterinarian. Furthermore, he claims that his surviving dogs suffer ongoing illnesses that require medications to treat.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of all consumers throughout the United States who purchased the Purina Beneful dog foods listed above and seeks to provide compensation for any medical expenses they incurred after their dogs became ill or died.
Has There Been a Recall?
Despite thousands of complaints from consumers about their dogs becoming ill or dying after eating Purina Beneful dry food, the manufacturer (Nestle) has yet to issue any recalls for the affected products. As a result, the pet food remains on store shelves throughout the country.- See more at: https://www.forthepeople.com/class-action-lawyers/purina-beneful-dog-food-deaths/#sthash.ohPL1AkB.dpuf