Don Earl, a pet owner, has filed a $70,000 lawsuit against Menu Foods and Kroger for the death of his cat. Don’s cat, Chuckles, died in January of sudden kidney failure.
Determined to find some answers on Chucklesâ€™s death, he found a private lab to conduct tests on his catâ€™s food at his own expense. ExperTox, a Texas lab, found traces of acetaminophen and cyanuric acid in Chuckles’s Pet Pride cat food.
Don has filed suit for the death of Chuckles as a result of “eating adulterated food manufactured product, distributed, advertised or sold” by Menu and Kroger.
From Pet Food Recall Facts: (Don’s website)
In spite of the fact it is a criminal offense, both to abuse pet animals and to sell adulterated food, to the best of my knowledge, no criminal charges have ever been leveled at a pet food company for their criminal acts in an endless series of deadly pet food recalls. Under the circumstances, the only justice any of those of us affected by the criminal acts of corporate America will find is through the process of civil actions. If money is the only tool of justice available to me, then by all I hold dear, I am going to make those responsible for murdering Chuckles pay for their criminal acts.
As I understand the situation, any claim over $75,000 automatically puts the matter in the hands of the Federal Courts. Chuckles died in my home, from poisoned food sold to me near my home. I do not want to travel to New Jersey in order to hold those responsible accountable. So, in order to force those responsible to the scene of their crimes, it is necessary to stay below $75,000. At the end of the day, while no amount would compensate me for my loss, maybe something close to that amount would feel like justice.
I want those responsible to look me in the eye and know what they did was unthinkably evil. I want justice terrible enough that to the end of their days, they will never poison another Chuckle cat. I want my day in court, in front of a jury of my peers.