And the lawsuits against Menu continue to pile on…
A Halifax lawyer filed a statement of claim against Menu Foods this past Wednesday. Raymond Wagner is representing Jackie Doucette of Ingonish Beach and “a class of other individuals resident in Nova Scotia who purchased dog or cat food manufactured by the defendants between December 3, 2006 and March 6.”
In the claim, the plaintiffs say that Menu Foods was negligent in the “manufacturing, marketing, promotion, selling, and distribution of (Menu Foods) pet foods in complete disregard for the health and safety” of their pets.
The plaintiffs also state that Menu Foods had a responsibility to ensure any pet foods it manufactured used ingredients that were proven safe for pets. Also the company should have alerted customers once they became aware of the contaminants in the pet food.
They are asking for damages for pain and suffering and costs of veterinarian bills and medical costs.
From The Chronicle Herald:
Ms. Doucette [one of the plaintiffs] is claiming that her four-year-old dog Sissy first became ill in February after being fed Olâ€™ Roy and Presidentâ€™s Choice dog food. In March, Ms. Doucette took Sissy to a veterinarian, who told her the dog had suffered blood loss and may have ingested poison.
Sissy was placed on intravenous medication by the vet for five days and received a blood transfusion, which improved her health.
In April, however, Sissy again became ill and returned to the veterinarian. Several tests and procedures were performed to determine what the problem was and Sissy was eventually prescribed drugs.
“It was the vet, after the second time around, who basically suggested that it was probably due to the food,” Ms. Doucetteâ€™s son, Bob, said in a telephone interview Thursday. “Through all this, my mom was out of pocket quite a bit of money, maybe $1,200 to $1,500 in vet bills, let alone time and expense.”