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Lawsuit claims Purina's Beneful is poisoning, killing dogs

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Frank Lucido is just one of 3,000 people who complained online about the dog food. He claims he fed his three dogs Beneful, and in a month, two were sick and one was dead. Frank Lucido is just one of 3,000 people who complained online about the dog food. He claims he fed his three dogs Beneful, and in a month, two were sick and one was dead.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - A lawsuit filed earlier this month against Purina claims one of the company's most popular brands contains toxins that poison and in some cases kill your pet. 

Frank Lucido filed the lawsuit after all three of his dogs became ill, with one of them even dying. Lucido says he began feeding his dogs Beneful exclusively in late December, and because of home renovations, the dogs were kept in three different houses, but all fed the same food. By the end of January, Lucido says all of his dogs were ill, and his Bulldog even died. Curious as to what was happening, a veterinary exam of the Bulldog revealed signs of internal bleeding and liver malfunction "consistent with poisoning." Similar symptoms were found in Lucido's other two dogs, and Lucido's lawyer says the "one constant they had was they were all eating the same dog food." 

But Lucido isn't alone. More than 3,000 customer complaints made online say thousands of other dogs are getting sick with similar symptoms as well after eating Beneful.

The lawsuit claims toxins in Beneful are to blame for the illnesses, listing propylene glycol and mycrotoxins as possibly harmful substances. The suit alleges propylene glycol is found in antifreeze, and mycotoxins are produced by mold found in grains. 

Purina says on their website that propylene glycol is an "FDA-approved food additive that is also in human foods like salad dressing ad cake mix." Purina went on to say "there are no quality issues with Beneful. We believe the lawsuit is baseless, and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves and our brand," the statement read. "Beneful had two previous class action suits filed in recent years with similar baseless allegations, and both were dismissed by the courts. Like other pet foods, Beneful is occasionally the subject of social media-driven misinformation. On-line postings often contain false, unsupported and misleading allegations that cause undue concern and confusion for our Beneful customers."

However, in another lawsuit that was settled in May 2014, Purina agreed to create a $6.5 million fund to compensate pet owners who believed their animals were harmed after eating jerky treats that were made in China. The FDA said the jerky was linked to more than 1,000 deaths in dogs, and more than 4,800 complaints of illness. 

The current lawsuit is seeking class-action status, asking Purina to pay Lucido and other members unspecified actual, statutory, ad punitive damages and restitution.

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