Nestle Purina Hit with Class Action Lawsuit Over Beneful Dog Food

Purina-Beneful-Beneful-Dog-FoodIn an action that many pet parents and I have been expecting for quite some time – and is long overdue – a dog parent from California has filed a class action lawsuit against Nestle Purina Petcare Company, alleging that this food contains toxic chemicals that can potentially kill dogs.

The plaintiff Frank Lucido, who had owned three dogs, filed the suit in California federal court on Feb. 5. His German shepherd and Labrador both became violently ill shortly after Lucido began feeding them Beneful dog food, and then his English bulldog died. Lucido and his wife discovered the dog’s body in their yard.

The dogs’ veterinarian determined that their symptoms were consistent with poisoning, which is not surprising, since Beneful reportedly contains propylene glycol, a component used in anti-freeze.

Beneful also contains mycotoxins, toxins-producing fungi that occur in grains, which are the primary ingredients in Beneful.

Sadly, the FDA has taken no action whatsoever, despite receiving more than 3,000 complaints from pet owners claiming that their dogs were sickened or died after consuming Beneful.

According to an article on the website Top Class Actions, Lucido is looking to represent two classes – a nationwide class and a California subclass for dog owners “who purchased Beneful dog food in the past four years and who incurred any out of pocket costs due to illness, injury or death of their dog resulting from the ingestion of Beneful.”

The class action lawsuit is charging Nestle Purina with breach of implied warranty, breach of express warranty, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, strict products liability, violating California’s consumer legal remedies act, violating California’s Unfair Competition Law, and violating California’s False Advertising Law.

I received many complaints about this food from readers when I was managing my website for people in the pet industry, and I have written about the dangers of this food on a number of occasions.

I said before, and I will say it again: Please do not feed this food or any others that contain similar ingredients to your pets, ever.

If you have any insights, thoughts or need more info, please post in the comments section below.

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Regal Beagle Wins Best in Show at Westminster

Miss P was top dog for 2015 at Westminster. Photo from AP

A 4-year-old beagle named Miss P (because she’s a princess) from British Columbia, Canada, took Best in Show honors last night at the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

She beat out six other pooches, including Rocket, the Shih Tzu co-owned by heiress Patty Hearst and crowd favorite Matisse, a Portuguese water dog who is a close cousin of First Dog Sunny Obama.

Portuguese water dog Matisse, cousin of Sunny Obama, was the crowd favorite. Photo from Reuters

Miss P, who is owned by Eddie Dziuk and Lori and Kaitlyn Crandlemire of Enderby, has racked up 20 Best in Show honors during her career. Her owners plan to retire her after this win.

As part of her winnings, Miss P was to be treated to a steak lunch at a fancy eatery, a walk-on part in the hit Broadway show “Kinky Boots,” a visit to the Empire State Building and a meeting with Donald Trump.

This is only the second time a beagle has ever placed Best in Show at Westminster. The first time was in 2008, when Miss P’s uncle, Uno, became top dog.

Congrats to Miss P. And try not to bite Donald Trump.


Get a Pet Psychic Reading for a Furry Worthy Cause!

Dog-PsychicIn addition to my many other skills, I am also a pet psychic. Join me at Buzzy’s Bow Wow Meow for a very special event to benefit a very special cause.

On Saturday, March 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. bring your pet(s) or a recent photo of your pet(s) to Buzzy’s, 701 Montgomery Ave., Narberth, Pa. 19072, to receive a psychic reading for a $10 donation to PACT For Animals!

About PACT for Animals

PACT for Animals is a non-profit organization that provides emergency foster homes for companion animals belonging to people in the military or those undergoing medical crises who might otherwise have to surrender their pets to shelters.

About Pet Psychic Alissa Lily and Alissa

Alissa has been a professional psychic and spiritual adviser for more than 40 years. She hails from a long line of mediums starting with her great-grandmother, who was a renowned tea leaf reader in Kiev, Ukraine in the 1800s. A great lover of animals, she can tell you what your pets are thinking and feeling, and what you need to know to keep them happy and healthy.

Please call (610) 617-3300 to schedule a reading; each reading lasts 10 minutes.

Hope to see you there!

Photos from Getty Images/Alissa Wolf

Patty’s Hearst’s Shih Tzu is Top Toy Dog at Westminster


The Shih Tzu dog belonging to heiress turned kidnap victim turned terrorist turned movie actress turned regular wife and mom Patty Hearst won the top prize in the toy category at last night’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show preliminaries.

The socialite granddaughter of iconic newspaper publisher and media magnate William Randolph Hearst, the inspiration for Orson Welles’ classic film “Citizen Kane,” caused a worldwide uproar in the 1970s after the Symbionese Liberation Army terrorist group kidnapped her.

After being beaten, blindfolded and locked in a closet, threatened with death and brainwashed by the group, she joined the SLA, changed her name to Tania, and wielded a machine gun while the group robbed a bank in San Francisco. She was ultimately arrested, and spent almost two years in prison for bank robbery.

Fortunately, she later got her act together.

A few months after her release from prison (then-President Jimmy Carter commuted her sentence, because the court determined that she had been brainwashed) Patty married her bodyguard, Bernard Shaw, and she became a wholesome suburban mom. The couple remained married until Shaw’s death in 2013.

The now 61-year-old grandma also made some forays into the acting world, with roles in John Waters’ wacky “Serial Mom,” “Cry Baby,” “Pecker” and “Cecil B. Demented.”

Patty is now active in the dog world, and she became the co-owner of the glorious Shih Tzu Rocket (whose AKC registered name is actually Stockholm Syndrome).

Congrats to Patty and Rocket, you handsome dog.

Photo from AP

Devoted Schnauzer Visits Owner in Hospital

Scahnauzer-Visits-Owner-in-HospitalWhile animals generally are not permitted in healthcare facilities, with the exception of therapy pets, that didn’t stop Missy the miniature Schnauzer from paying a visit to her human mom while she was in the hospital.

Missy, who lives in Grand Rapids, Iowa, with her human parents and Schnauzer brother, Barney, walked about 20 blocks from her home to Mercy Medical Center, where her mom, Nancy Franck, was recovering from cancer surgery.

Nancy’s husband, Frank, discovered that Missy was missing last Saturday. Then the pooch showed up at the hospital, where she was captured strolling through the lobby on video surveillance cameras.

That’s just another example of why dogs are man’s, and woman’s, best friends.

Photos from ABC News

Nutrisica Dog Food and Buster’s Chew Treats Recalled

Nutrisca-Dog-Food-RecallTuffy’s Pet Food of Perham, Minn., has issued a voluntary recall of some lots of 4-pound bags Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food due to the potential for Salmonella contamination.

Meanwhile, Pet International of Miami, Fla., is recalling 1,500 units of 6” Beef Trachea Pet Treat because it, too, has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

(FYI: Nutrisca is actually made by the popular Dogswell company. Yeah, it’s confusing.)

The Nutrisca foods were distributed nationwide through all retail platforms in bags containing the below info:

First five digits of lot codes:

4G29P, 4G31P, 4H01P, 4H04P, 4H05P, 4H06P

Best By Dates:

Jul 28 16, Jul 30 16, Jul 31 16, Aug 03 16, Aug 04 16, Aug 05 16

Busters-Natural-dog-treat-labelThe affected Buster’s Chew Treats were distributed primarily in Conifer and Lakewood, Colo., with bags bearing the below info:

Lot Code: 8501450

Size: 6” Beef Trachea/12 Pack Plastic Pouch

UPC Code: 8501450

No human or animal illnesses in relation to any of these products have been reported thus far.

For info about the Nutrisca products, you may contact the company at (888) 559-8833. For info about the Buster’s Chew Treats, you may contact the company at (305) 591-3338 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, or e-mail

Photos from Wikimedia Commons

Bart the Zombie Cat’s Owner Sues Humane Society for Kittynapping

bart-zombie-cat-1There have been some fur-ious twists and turns in the saga of Bart the “Zombie Cat,” who I reported about on Jan. 30.

After he miraculously rose from the dead after being buried for five days following being hit by a car, veterinarians at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Fla. treated him for numerous injuries, and he survived.

Although the Humane Society originally planned to return Bart to his owner, Ellis Hutson, officials there later changed their minds because they believed that Hutson’s home was not suitable for Bart. Plus, they alleged that Hutson knowingly buried Bart alive.

Now come reports that Hutson is suing the Humane Society for the return of the kitty, claiming that the organization is keeping Bart in order to use him to generate publicity.

So this fur-raising tale is far from over. Stay tuned for more developments.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons