Heartbroken dog owners have reported violent seizures, kidney failure, dramatic weight loss, vomiting and in some cases, death. They claim that Purina Beneful caused these horrifying health problems in their beloved pets.
According to thousands of dog owners, their beloved dogs have suffered symptoms such as internal bleeding, dehydration, and liver failure after eating Beneful. Some say they have seen their dogs die in front of them just hours later.
With more than 3,000 complaints about Purina Beneful online, the product is now at the center of a $5 million lawsuit that alleges the dog food contains poisonous toxins – such as propylene glycol and mycotoxin – that has caused illness and death in dogs.
Purina has sternly denied the allegations and claims the case is “baseless” and that dog owners “can continue to feel confident feeding” dogs their product.
But dog owners from Canada and the US strongly disagree. Here are some of the dog owner’s accounts.
Rex, a Mastiff
According to Mail Online, Jean-Francois Menicucci from Montreal said his 240lb Mastiff, Rex, ate Purina Beneful after a family member brought it back from the store in April 2013.
“My other dog, Tally, refused to eat it,” he said. “But Rex devoured it.”
Forty minutes later, Rex went into a seizure for hours without stopping, he said. He could not even move him to take him to the vet.
“Suddenly he died in front of my eyes. He stopped breathing and he was gone,” Menicucci said.
He later sent the Daily Mail Online a video of Rex fitting. The video has been heavily edited because of its distressing content.
He has filed a complaint suggesting that Rex, who was only 3 years old that time, died as a result of eating Purina Beneful.
Purina officials collected samples of the product fromMenicucci. In response, Purina sent him an apology and 24 Canadian Dollars ($19US).
“I just want justice for Rex,” he said.
Melody, a Chocolate Labrador
The video shows the Labrador Retriever lying on the floor of her cage unable to get up.
Another video shows a wobbly Melody. She can barely stand so Garnett-Zero holds her on his lap.
Melody and her fur-sibling are now recovering.
The kibble dry dog food products included in the lawsuit are:
- Purina Beneful Healthy Raidance
- Purina Beneful Health Weight
- Purina BenefulIncredibites
- Purina Beneful Healthy Smile
- Purina Beneful Original
- Purina Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies
- Purina Beneful Health Fiesta
- Purina Beneful Playful Life
The campaign against Purina Beneful has been going on since 2013 but the product is still sold in shelves in US and Canada.
Purina released a response regarding the issue. In the Question and Answer section of their website, they posted:
“Beneful is a high-quality, nutritious food enjoyed by millions of dogs everyday. However, you may have heard that a class action lawsuit was recently filed in Northern California.
As pet owners ourselves, our priority is the health and well-being of the millions of dogs who enjoy Beneful.
We take these allegations very seriously and stand by our product, which is backed by Purina’s strict quality controls and comprehensive food safety program.
Unfortunately, class action suits are common these days. They are not indicative of a product issue. In fact, we’ve faced two such suits in the past with similar allegations. Both were found to be baseless and were subsequently dismissed by the courts.
Adding to the confusion, social media outlets can be a source of false or incomplete information, as many other pet food brands have experienced themselves.
We at Beneful want you, our valued customers, to know that this lawsuit is baseless; you can continue to feel confident feeding your dogs our food.
We stand committed to our Brand, our products and your pets.”
Purina’s Director of Veterinary Strategy and Programs Dr. Kurt Veneter told NBC News that the claims in the lawsuit are “false and misleading.”
“Vets know pets get sick for many reasons and the food they eat is often not the root cause,” Veneter said. “The challenge is this can be confusing and alarming to pet owners.”
Image and article source: Mail Online