Grieving pet owners take jerky treat fight to the stores

Posted on September 27, 2012 by

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One of today’s articles in the Vitals section of NBCNews.com, discusses how consumers are proactive when it comes to what their pets eat.

Rita Desollar’s black minivan has become a rolling warning about the possible dangers of chicken jerky pet treats from China.

But Desollar said she never saw any warnings and didn’t know about a potential problem — until it was too late.

Outraged, the retired paralegal said she had no choice but to take matters into her own hands.

“They’re leaving a product on the shelf that can potentially harm a dog. There was no warning. There was nothing to tell me this was under investigation. They just left it out there.”

Everywhere the 57-year-old Pekin, Ill., woman goes, her car carries a poster detailing the May death of her 8-year-old German shepherd, Heidi.

Desollar says she gave the dog two pieces of Waggin’ Train chicken jerky tenders on a Wednesday and by the next Monday, Heidi was dead.

Desollar says she gave the dog two pieces of Waggin’ Train chicken jerky tenders on a Wednesday and by the next Monday, Heidi was dead.

“I didn’t know what it was. I just couldn’t figure out what made her so sick,” said Desollar, who turned to the computer for answers. “It was breathtaking what came up.”

Desollar found dozens of news stories and blog accounts detailing government cautions about possible links between Chinese-made chicken jerky treats and illnesses and deaths in hundreds of U.S. dogs.

Manufacturers have issued no recalls for the products and Food and Drug Administration officials say repeated testing and investigation has revealed no contaminants that would lead the agency to advise pulling the treats.

But Desollar said she never saw any warnings and didn’t know about a potential problem — until it was too late.

Outraged, the retired paralegal said she had no choice but to take matters into her own hands.

“They’re leaving a product on the shelf that can potentially harm a dog. There was no warning. There was nothing to tell me this was under investigation. They just left it out there.”

She launched a Change.org petition Sept. 5 calling for stores to pull the products voluntarily; since then it has gathered more than 60,000 signatures. She stuck the fliers on her car and ordered magnets that say “Stop the Cycle of Death,” along with hundreds of business cards that say “Beware… Chicken Duck and Sweinst et Potato JERKY TREATS are not safe!” 

Now you have another outlet, here with us. We will Tweet this and hopefully more people will sign. 

US Food Safety is not coming out against Nestle Purina Healthcare. If a grassroots effort can save a pets life, it is worth it.

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