Washington, DC TV Station Blows Lid Off Adulterated Pet Food Problem
February 10, 2018
(NATIONAL) – Do you have any idea what's in that can of dog food you feed your best friend?
Nikki Mael didn't know back in 2016 when she cracked open a can of commercial food and fed her pooches. After a short while her dogs got very sick and one of them eventually died.
The problem? Lab tests showed the dog food was poisoned with pentobarbital, a lethal drug, “most commonly used to euthanize dogs, cats and some horses,” says an investigative story by WJLA-TV in Washington, DC.
How did it get there? Nobody knows for sure but according to the station’s investigation into the issue of adulterated pet food, the most likely culprit is animals that had been euthanized (killed) at shelters, farms and other places and are then picked up by renderers who “process the carcasses” after which they “may be blended into pet food.”
It’s against the law to do that. But the station’s report shows there is little to no real-world enforcement of that law.
The station tried to get the FDA and the maker of the canned food that killed Mael’s dog to sit down for an interview. Both refused.
Nikki Mael told the station her confidence in commercial pet food is gone: “I don't trust any dog food companies anymore. And reading that the law’s not enforced and it’s just kind of, ‘they do their own thing,’ I need to make sure that they’re (her dogs) eating human grade food.”
Since her dog’s death, Nikki’s been making pet food at home so she knows exactly what’s in it. She’s also the lead on a class action lawsuit against Evanger’s, the company that made the food the FDA attributes to her dog’s death.
The WJLA story is an eye-opening read and one you should not miss if you have pets at home that you love dearly – as millions of Americans do.
You’ll find the report here .