In May 2006, pet owner Jerri L. lost her 13-year-old Sheltie when he suddenly went into kidney failure.
Jerri says that Sandyboy was a perfectly healthy dog. She started feeding him one of the later to be recalled Nutro Max products. Jerri said that within two weeks, Sandyboy was lethargic, not eating or drinking, and had diarrhea.
Jerri took her dog to the vet, and the vet confirmed that Sandyboy went in complete kidney failure. The vet said that there was no reason for his kidneys to suddenly fail. Jerri had to make the difficult decision to put Sandyboy to sleep.
Even though this happened in May 2006, Jerri is convinced that her dog’s death was due to eating contaminated Nutro Max dog food. She said that all of her other dogs ate Pedigree and they are fine. Sandyboy was the only one to have gotten sick, and she is certain there is a connection with his illness and the food.
Jerri filed a claim with Nutro to recoup the $700 she spent on Sandyboy’s medical bills.
Nutro’s insurance company disagrees that Sandyboy’s death had anything to do with eating Nutro dog food. Sandy received an answer to her claim on Monday.
â€œOur investigation has determined that our insured is not responsible for this very unfortunate incident,â€ the company wrote in a letter to Jerri. â€œThe basis for this decision is in light of the fact that while your pet may have consumed some of the recalled product, testing of your pet has revealed that your pet was not ill (or the illness is not related to the recalled pet food).
â€œAccordingly, there is no property damage as a result of the insuredâ€™s product. Based upon the above, this will advise that there is no legal liability on the part of Nutro Products, Inc. for the alleged damages.â€
Despite Nutro’s denial, Jerri is not giving up the fight and is joining a class action lawsuit.
I want my $700 and I want an admission by the company that they were wrong,â€ the Goodyear, Arizona woman told us today. â€œI donâ€™t think anyone did this (contaminated the pet food) purposely. But I think the company needs to take care of what occurred.â€
She adds: â€œIt makes me sick to think that I killed my dog. I could barely live with the decision to put him down and now to think I may have killed him inadvertently. I could have taken it if heâ€™d died of old age. But not this â€¦ Iâ€™m just heartsick over this whole thing.â€