Lawsuit alleges Purina's Beneful can kill dogs, 3,000 complaints sent
Frank Lucido, who filed the lawsuit February 5 in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California, claims in the suit that "Beneful contains substances that are toxic to animals and that have resulted in the serious illness and death of thousands of dogs," including one of Lucido's dogs, according to court documents, Diana Barr writes for St. Louis Business Journal.
Beneful brand dog food, introduced in 2001, includes wet and dry variations; this lawsuit concerns the dry, or kibble, dog foods that come in several formulations.
Lucido alleges in the suit that in the past four years, consumers have made more than 3,000 "online" complaints about dogs becoming ill and/or dying after eating Beneful, having shown "consistent symptoms," including stomach and related internal bleeding, liver malfunction or failure, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, weight loss, seizures and kidney failure.
Lucido claims in the lawsuit that the dogs' illnesses and deaths were caused by substances in Beneful that are toxic to dogs. These allegedly include propylene glycol, which the lawsuit calls "an automotive antifreeze component that is a known animal toxin." The substance is an FDA-approved food additive for humans, which isn't stated in the lawsuit.
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