Purina and Walmart sued over dog’s death

Suit says defendants knew treats were harmful to pets

A Chicago-area man is suing Nestle Purina Petcare Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over the death of his 9-year-old Pomeranian, Cleopatra.

According to the suit, which Dennis Adkins filed on Wednesday, he bought Purina’s Waggin’ Train Yam Good product, which are chicken jerky dog treats made in China, at Walmart and fed them to Cleopatra for three days in mid-March. His complaint says he changed nothing else in the dog’s diet. Cleopatra soon became ill and died of kidney failure on March 26. Adkins’ other Pomeranian, who is also 9 years old, did not eat the treats and did not become ill.


Cathleen Flahardy

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