Local pet owners worried over Beneful lawsuit

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Local pet owners are expressing their concerns after a class action lawsuit was filed against one of the country’s most popular dog food brands.

The lawsuit against the Nestle Purina Pet Care Company claims that Beneful dry kibble dog food contains toxins that are poisoning and even killing pets. A man in Amsterdam believes his dog may have been one of the victims.

For John Lennon of Amstersdam, his dog Duncan was a member of the family. In December of 2013 Duncan unexpectedly became sick. He rushed him to an emergency clinic where he died soon after.

Now, Lennon believes it was the Purina Beneful dog food he was feeding Duncan. “He was eating that dog food all this life and the next thing I know, he swells up and dies of internal bleeding,” said Lennon.

The lawsuit has caused many pet owners like Lennon to question the effects Purina’s dog food may have had on their animals. The concern centers on the ingredient propylene glycol. Many have confused the ingredient for ethylene glycol, also known as antifreeze.

Latham veterinarian Eileen Geagan says there’s a misconception about what’s in Beneful, saying the ingredients in Beneful are safe.

“Propylene glycol is not ethylene glycol. They are not similar at all. Ethylene glycol is antifreeze.” Gaegan says she has heard from local clients with concerns about Beneful.

Geagan wants to remind pet owners that propylene glycol has been in pet foods for years and is approved by the FDA.

“A lawsuit is a complaint that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s based in fact,” said Geagan.

“We believe the lawsuit is baseless, and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves and our brand. Beneful is backed by Purina’s strict quality controls and comprehensive food safety program,” said Purina in a statement.

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