I knew nothing of the dangers of chicken jerky treats from China when I bought the package of Waggin' Train dog treats at my local Walgreens in Pekin, IL as a special treat for my sweet and happy German Shepherd, Heidi. There was no warning on the package nor was there any warning posted on the shelf where I found them. Five days after eating just two pieces of the Waggin’ Train chicken jerky, Heidi was dead.
The day Heidi died, I sat at my computer crying and did a Google search for “WHAT KILLED MY DOG?" That's when I learned -- too late -- about the ongoing investigation by the FDA, and the hundreds of stories about dogs becoming ill and dying after eating these treats. Through a page on Facebook, Animal Parents Against Pet Treats and Food Made in China, I found people who, like me, did not know the dangers of these treats and whose dogs had become sick, or like Heidi, had died as a result of eating them.
I feel so betrayed! I feel betrayed by the makers of the dangerous treats who refuse to acknowledge that there is any problem with a product that has generated almost 2000 complaints with the FDA.
I feel betrayed by the FDA, which is supposed to be responsible for protecting the public health and assuring the safety of our nation’s food supply, but has not yet forced a recall.
Most of all, I feel betrayed by Walgreens, the corner drug store where I had been a loyal customer for over 40 years. The product that killed my dog is still on their shelves!
I can't believe these dangerous treats are still being sold on the shelves of stores everywhere, putting even more pets at risk. Now I have learned that ANY type of jerky treat from China is dangerous!
People trust their favorite stores and companies to sell them safe products. I trusted my corner drug store. Heidi trusted me. And Heidi paid for it with her life.
Who can we trust now?
Please help me by telling Walgreens, where I purchased the treats that killed my best friend, and other major retailers that continue to sell these dangerous products that we need them to restore our trust in them. Tell them that we need to trust them to protect us, our families and our pets by taking jerky treats made in China off their shelves.
If enough stores take these treats off their shelves, fewer people will unknowingly feed their best friends dangerous treats and companies like Nestle Purina, the makers of Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek, and Del Monte, the makers of Milo’s Kitchen will have to start paying attention. Too many people and dogs have suffered already.
When you sign this petition, your signature will be sent to Costco, Kroger, Safeway, Sam's Club, Target, Walgreens and Walmart so make sure to leave a comment telling your favorite stores to take these dangerous dog treats off the shelves so you can TRUST them again.