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  1. Terry

    Excellent summary, as usual!

  2. Ann *

    Yes, my little 18 month old dog almost died after eating the jerky treats and the emergency vet bills and ongoing medical bills for life are in the thousands. So we will get a partial payment for some of the expenses, but nothing for the future medical expenses as she requires ongoing daily/monthly medication for the rest of her life.
    I will never buy another Nestle/Purina product and I will encourage others to select another brand. In that regard Susan is right. I won’t forget.
    One of the Truth commenters recently asked in defense of Purina, “When will people wake up and realize that don’t know as much as they think they do?” My answer is – I woke up on Jan 19, 2013 when I realized that a brand that I had so trusted, Nestle Purina, was knowingly responsible for my dog being in emergency care that week and almost dying as a result. No, I won’t forget and I am fully awake now.

    1. Johnene

      Ann I too have thousands upon thousands of medical expenses for my furkid and monthly med expenses with yearly follow ups also. Nestle/Purina and Made in China are forbidden in my home and have been since Jan 24 2012. The day the music died for my furkid who now lives a shortened/medicated life.
      Ann I feel your pain everyday! Know what you go through everyday! While I prepare his mass of medications to put into his food twice a day.
      Yes I have a survivor but my heart goes out to those who lost their beloved furbabies.

      1. Ann *

        I am sorry to hear that you also have a furkid survivor of Nestle Purina, but I do appreciate knowing that we are not alone in our ongoing battle against the poisoning by Nestle Purina of our “kids”. I will think of you every day when my kid gets her meds and every month when she gets a painful intermuscular injection – for life.

  3. Amy

    While I see that Purina (which owns Waggin Train and Canyon Creek Ranch) has settled, have we heard of anything from Milo’s (Del Monte/ now renamed Big Heart Brands)?

    1. Lisa

      Nothing from Milo’s yet.

  4. susan

    Feed them only what you would eat period . never trust a brands as brands sell very much suffering for the almighty dollar. My pets eat human food for about a dollar a day. Takes longer to prepare but healthier for all.

    1. Ann *

      The USDA is now allowing our chicken to be sent to China for processing and then returned to the US for us to eat. Also, crops that are GMO are not even allowed to be labeled at present, so eating our food is becoming more dangerous as well.

      1. Julie

        We also fed our rescue, Baxter, Purina products including Waggin Train jerky thinking we were giving him good from a reputable manufacturer until we also ended up in the Animal Hosp ER where we almost lost him due to pancreatitis. Several weeks of IV’s, meds, close veterinary care, $$$$, and a complete change in diet brought him back to good health. He only eats what I can eat and I happily cook healthy foods for him. Two years later he’s great! Purina & the other pet food giants will never see another penny from me! How can I join the class action suit to maybe recoup some of the expense we’ve incurred?

        Thanks, Susan, for keeping pet lovers informed & all that you do to fight for safe foods for pets!

        1. Ann *

          Call them right away and see if you can still join the class:
          Brown, Paindiris & Scott
          747 Stafford Avenue
          Bristol, CT 061010
          Fax: (860) 589-5780

  5. Gitta

    Well, it is settled. For me this means: nothing, absolutely nothing from these brands. Not now, not ever. There is no trust left. Zero, zilch, nada. I trust these companies about half as far as I could throw them.

    Now, since Purina was just so holier than thou and crying foul all over the internet about a competitor: will they be just as vocal and public about this?

  6. Lisa Parker

    Hi, Susan. Thank you for this very important information. I have one problem, though, when your page comes up on my computer, the right hand side of it gets cut off and there is no way for me to move it over to see the comments that have been made. Is there something I’m doing wrong? Or is there some way for me to move the page to read the comments. Sorry for the silly questions, as I am far from computer illiterate, but cannot figure this out. I use Firefox as browser, maybe that is the problem?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      The comments should be under the article (below the article). So if you scroll down the page, you can find them.

  7. Angel

    What about Purina’s other jerky treat that was involved in these illnesses and deaths (Canyon Creek Ranch)? Are the owners of these pets not included in this settlement? Are they allowed to seek compensation from this settlement, since it is a Purina product?

    1. Peter

      The settlement represents consolidation of 3 separate cases which were transferred to Illinois Northern District Court. They were all focused on Waggin Train. In the end, Purina settled but admitted no wrongdoing: although the plaintiffs did have “standing,” the merits of the case were not decided, the litigants settled to avoid uncertainty and costs. You can read between the lines to understand what that means. The problem is that a $6.5M fund is little more than a “traffic ticket” to Nestle Purina, and it is just a cost of doing business, in an arena of pet treats that represents billions of revenue annually for them. For pet parents, their lives were smashed apart… for Purina, its just a bump in the road. To me, THAT is the source of “bittersweet.”

      1. Terry

        Peter, Do you always post about subjects that you are ignorant in? Did you even read the document (with comprehension)? I can’t bear for these sincere people here to think you have any clue.

        *The plaintiffs DO NOT have standing. Obviously.

        *The Class has NOT been certified, and the probability of it getting certified is VERY slim. And if it was thrown out for that – it’s all over. Please refer to this case :

        *The Class was only certified for the terms of the settlement , and it is clearly written that if the settlement is not agreed to, that certification would be nullified.

        *It was not the consolidation of three cases, I won’t even bother to count how many for you.

        *If the case was “won by the plaintiffs, the dollar amount would be the same. Sadly, Pets are “property” in the eyes of the law, and the award can only be for expenses incurred. Maybe you can take the lead on that legal battle?

        Those are just the highlights. Now, let me ask you: What have you done? Have you written letters? Called your local media? Petitioned the FDA? Even talked to store managers? Anything? Or is your contribution simply complaining and disparaging the efforts of others since it all is hopeless?

        *What exactly should be read “between the lines”? How dare you?

  8. Terry

    Canyon Creek and many products are included! Susan, I will send you the list.

  9. Judi Todd

    The best way to get at these companies is to do it in the pocketbook the way it will hurt most. STOP BUYING THEIR PRODUCTS! And tell everyone you know about the deaths and ilnesses. In fact, print out a copy of the settlement and what the companies DON’T do, and hand it to anyone you see buying their products in the stores. Have the proof right there with you and you will stand a better chance of changing their purchasing habits. This is what I do. FACTS, WEBSITES to check them out, and the TRUTH! Fight back the best way.

  10. Terry

    From what I’ve heard, the Milo’s case is still moving forward, and it’s yet to be determined if this ruling will have an effect on that.

  11. Jane Eagle

    If I lost a companion to one of the poison pushers, all the money in the world would not reduce my grief. But it would enable me to save a lot of others….

  12. Julia

    …And yet still no settlement for those of us whose dogs were affected by other brands’ treats 🙁

    My dog became ill and subsequently died after eating DOGSWELL Happy Hips Chicken Jerky.

    I really don’t give a fig about the money, but I do want ALL the companies who knowingly sold this sh#t to be punished in the hopes that they will hesitate to repeat their obvious misconduct in the future.

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