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Tainted Pet Food Killed Morrisville Dog, Owner Says

Posted March 21, 2007

— A  recall of tainted pet food has hit home in the Triangle, with reports of pets sickened by tainted food pouring in from across the area.

Now, a Morrisville family has lost one dog and may lose a second.

Precious, an 11-year-old cocker spaniel, was an important part of Ryan Eiland’s family. Eiland and his wife rushed her to an animal hospital inside a local pet store on Monday.

“They made the determination that she was experiencing liver and kidney failure and that she was suffering,” Eiland said.

The Eilands made the difficult choice to have Precious euthanized. During that same visit, they learned about the massive pet food recall and realized they purchased some of the food on the list from a local Petco.

As of Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration reports at least 16 pets have died from eating contaminated food sold at store chains such as Harris Teeter, Kroger and Wal-Mart. (Recall information, including affected brands)

“And in essence, you killed my dog and poisoned it, and I've been poisoning my dogs until two days ago for the last two weeks with no contact from any of the agencies, nobody interested at all," Eiland said of the situation. "They don't care."

Eiland said they fed all three of their dogs the recalled food.

“(One dog) goes in for some more tests tomorrow, but she seems to be doing OK,” he said Wednesday.

Their other cocker spaniel is not doing as well.

“She has some liver and enzyme problems already, so, we're hoping we don't have to put her down,” Eiland said.

Eiland is upset with Menu Foods, the company that manufactured the pet products, and Petco, where he bought them. He has a card that tracks all of his purchases, and he said he feels the company should have contacted impacted customers.

“To let me know that I am poisoning my dog for a recalled product and letting me have to find out about it on my own after my dog has already passed away,” he said.

Petco officials said the store issues millions of customer cards, and it was faster to let people know through the mass media.

In a statement on its Web site, Menu Foods President and CEO Paul K. Henderson said: "We take these complaints very seriously and, while we are still looking for a specific cause, we are acting to err on the side of caution"

The head of Menu Foods said the firm still can't explain why some cats and dogs developed acute kidney failure and died. The FDA is investigating and focusing on wheat gluten, a source of protein and a thickener.


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  • coastalfun Mar 23, 2007

    The recall also includes most of the major retailers brand of canned beef cuts and gravy pet food. Go to http://www.menufoods.com/recall/ for a complete list. I was disturbed to find the Food Lion brand listed - and I feed my dog this along with her dry food sometimes, as a treat. I called my husband right away and told him NOT to feed her anymore and I'm throwing out any cans that I have left! If you have pets and are concerned that the food you're feeding them is on the list, please check it now!

  • mystica131 Mar 22, 2007

    "Sometimes I wonder who really is on the top of the food chain because even animals wouldn't abort their own babies." Well, browneyez27893, it's obvious you are not on top of the food chain. There are a lot of animals who may not be able to abort an unborn baby, but they sure do EAT them after they are born. If you're going to comment on your views, at least don't use ridiculous and inaccurate examples. You certainly aren't helping your own cause.

  • lilbit278 Mar 22, 2007

    guess you want something for nothing ....people like you is why the world is in the shape it is...

    Hope people don't and won't believe your negative comments aboutIAMS and their treatment of animals..cause it's NOT true.

  • cjandminnierule Mar 22, 2007

    Whats is messed up is that Walmart in Durham is still selling these products!!!

  • LuvMyLife Mar 22, 2007

    These people said they had to put their dog down because of this dogfood so dogluver what does abortion which is a choice although it may not be yours have to do with this?

  • kstor33 Mar 22, 2007

    That's way too harsh...most people just don't know! Why not inform them rather than insult them? You didn't come out of the womb knowing it either.

  • WWJGD Mar 22, 2007

    People who feed their pets ANY of the foods that this company produces don't deserve to have their pets in the first place.

  • kstor33 Mar 22, 2007

    MikeatMikeHelms...kudos to you for making your own food. I imagine alot of people don't have that kind of time. If not, there are reputable food companies from which you can buy. Check out this link:

  • AFLOWERS Mar 22, 2007

    My heart goes out to this family and everyone else who's lost a pet because of this.

  • Bookboy Mar 22, 2007

    Actually, now that I think about it, this could be a terrorist plot. That is another way for them Islamic extremist to get our emotions roaring....