Many readers have wondered if a silent epidemic is killing pets in China, as melamine has been killing pets in the US. At least one article says pets also died from tainted pet food in China:
Yu Zhi, who took care of about 50 homeless felines in her house in Beijing, said 38 of them died last month.
She said they became ill shortly after being fed with Xiduoyu, a brand of a Tianjin-based cat food manufacturer.
Beijing Municipal Industrial and Commercial Bureau said it had received complaints from dozens of pet-owners whose cats had also died or become seriously ill after eating the product.
The article blames deaths on lead in food consumed in December of 2005, but says the deaths cannot be conclusively linked. Chinese media reports are light on the details as they are controlled by the state. Sadly, the suffering extends beyond North America.