A California man is part of a class action lawsuit against a dog food company after he alleges one of his dogs died and two others became seriously ill after eating the product.
Nestle Purina PetCare produces Beneful dry dog food. The food comes in eight different types and has caused internal bleeding, liver failure, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, weight loss and kidney failure to their beloved pets, the suit claims.
In the past four years, 3,000 online complaints have been filed by pet owners who say their dogs either died or became seriously ill after eating Beneful, the lawsuit claims.
Frank Lucido's pet is the latest such case. Lucido said he purchased Beneful dog food for his three dogs, a German shepherd, named Nella; an English bulldog, named Dozer; and a Labrador, named Remo.
Lucido, said Nella became ill on Jan. 17 and one week later, he found Dozer dead in his yard. Remo also became sick around the same time.
He filed a lawsuit in February claiming Purina Nestle knew its product was harmful and sold it anyway without properly investigating thousands of previous reports of pet deaths and serious illnesses.
Lucido is seeking $5 million in damages.
Director of corporate communications for Nestle Purina Petcare Bill Salzman issued a statement on the matter:
"We believe the lawsuit is baseless, and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves and our brand. Beneful had two previous class action suits filed in recent years with similar baseless allegations, and both were dismissed by the courts.
Like other pet foods, Beneful is occasionally the subject of social media-driven misinformation. Online postings often contain false, unsupported and misleading allegations that cause undue concern and confusion for our Beneful customers.
Bottom line: Consumers can continue to feed Beneful with total confidence."