A Chicago man, Dennis Adkins, claims that although Nestle Purina and Wal-Mart knew that the Waggin' Train treats posed a risk of illness to pets, they continued to manufacture and sell them. The product in question, Yam Good, is yams wrapped with chicken jerky.
The chicken comes from China and the company assures us that there is no danger if the treats are used according to directions. In other words if your dog gets sick, it’s your fault for not following their directions.
Over 600 complaints have been registered with the FDA about Waggin' Train treats, but Nestle Purina refuses to do a recall.
They obviously know that there is a problem or they wouldn’t try to secretly bribe a customer whose dog had gotten sick and then lie about it.
According to the lawsuit, 9-year-old Pomeranian, Cleopatra, ate one chicken jerky treat a day for three days before getting sick and eventually dying of kidney failure. Adkins claims that there were no other changes in her diet and that his other Pomeranian, Pharoah, did not eat the jerky and remained in good health.
Winning a case like this is difficult. Adkins will be going against high price corporate lawyers to show that Cleopatra did not ingest another substance and that she was fed according to directions.
This is not an impossible task. In 2010 a Texas dog owner was able to win a case against Hartz Mountain for causing the death of his Bulldog.
Unfortunately there are companies that seem to feel that harming dogs, bribing owners, and fielding lawsuits is just the cost of doing business.