Milo's Kitchen chicken jerky treats

UPDATE 6/2/2014: Nestle Purina and Waggin’ Train have agreed to settle three class action lawsuits alleging their jerky treats made in China have caused pets to get sick and/or die. The companies have agreed to create a $6.5 million settlement fund to compensate Class Members who believe their pets were harmed by the jerky treats. Click here for more information: http://www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/29223-waggin-train-purina-settle-jerky-treat-class-action-lawsuits/

A class action lawsuit claims Chinese-made treats sold by Del Monte subsidiary Milo’s Kitchen kill dogs and make them sick.

The Milo’s Kitchen class action lawsuit was filed by dog-owner Lisa Mazur, who says her healthy 7-year-old dog, Riley Rae, suffered kidney failure and had to be euthanized after being fed Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky Dog Treats. Mazur claims the only change in Riley Rae’s diet was during January 2012 when she fed the Chicken Jerky Dog Treats to her dog “on occasion.” On February 1, Riley Ray became ill and was taken to the vet, where she was diagnosed with kidney failure. Riley Rae was administered intravenous fluids for four days without improvement, forcing Mazur to euthanize her on February 5.

Mazur says she was unaware the Milo’s Kitchen chicken jerky dog treats made in China were included in a November 18, 2011 warning about dog illnesses associated with chicken jerky dog treats made in China.

“Defendants’ packaging did not warn of any dangers from feeding its content to dogs… [and] the warning is downplayed” on the Milo’s Kitchen website, the class action lawsuit says.

“Defendants knew that there was a substantial risk of death or harm associated with their dog treats. No reasonable person would feed dog treats to their dogs knowing that there was a substantial risk of death or illness from doing so,” the Milo’s Kitchen class action lawsuit continues. “Plaintiff, and other consumers, did not learn of the FDA warning, until after their dogs had consumed the treated and either became ill or passed away.

“Defendants intentionally concealed known facts concerning the safety of their dog treats in order to increase or maintain sales.”

This is not the first dog treat manufacturer to be hit with a class action lawsuit by a pet owner whose dog died after eating Chinese-made chicken jerky dog treats. A grieving pet owner filed a $5 million class action lawsuit against the makers of Waggin’ Train “Yam Good” dog treats in April 2012 after his 9-year-old Pomeranian became sick and died of kidney failure 11 days after eating the treats.

Mazur is seeking compensatory damages and punitive damages for a proposed class of all persons in the U.S. (except Louisiana and Puerto Rico) who purchased any dog treat product containing chicken jerky manufactured or sold by Del Monte or Milo’s Kitchen and containing chicken imported from China, within the past four years. She is alleging common law fraud, unjust enrichment, negligence, product liability, unfair trade, breach of warranty, failure to warn and defective manufacture or design.

A copy of the Milo’s Kitchen Chinese-Made “Chicken Jerky Dog Treats” Class Action Lawsuit can be read here.

The case is Lisa Mazur v. Milo’s Kitchen, LLC; Del Monte Corp., et al., Case No. 12-cv-01011, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania.

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42 Comments

  • Anonymous July 27, 2012

    With you 100%. May Riley and all the dogs who lost their lives be heard.

  • Anonymous July 30, 2012

    My dog a German Shepherd was very sick from eating treats from Milo’s kitchen. She was throwing up, fever, and we had to take her to the vet. The vet said it was from the treats. We thought the treats would be ok because they were supose to made in the USA. WE DO NOT BUY ANY MORE TREATS NOT MADE IN THE USA. Actually we don’t buy her very many at all, only home made we make.

    good luck with the action!!

  • Anonymous July 30, 2012

    I got one of the treats and it had some kind of blue plastic in it. If you need it to prove your case let me know.

  • Anonymous August 3, 2012

    Our 8 year old boxer, Jake, has had a lump on his side for a few years. Every time he sees his vet we asked her if this should be removed. She said that if it did not bother him why put him through surgery. In the past 2 months the lump has grown a lot larger and started to leak fluid and blood. Jake was put on antibiotics and had surgery. The lump was cancerous. We started to give Jake Milos chicken jerky 3-4 months ago.

  • Anonymous August 3, 2012

    I have a 6 year old yorkie who suffered a seizure and then incontenence for several months due to consuming Milo chicken meatball treats. Luckily I caught this in time. We were worried that there would be irreparable damage to his kidneys but thankfully he is okay. It sickens me to think that the FDA will not pull these treats from the shelves knowing that there are so many similar cases out there where these innocent animals are suffering due to consuming these treats. More needs to be done to protect our animals.

  • Anonymous August 6, 2012

    This scares me so bad because I have been feeding my Baby dobs these for months! What have I done!!!

  • Anonymous August 7, 2012

    The problem is also the the product could be made in the USA but the ingredients come from China. Just take a look at even the DelMonte canned fruit and see where the ingredients come from! I do not feed anything like this and instead cook fresh chicken breasts, cut them up and give them as a treat. I buy Purdue and have bought them on sale for .99 cents per pound as opposed to this irradiated, dehydrated garbage that costs $11.00 a bag!

  • Anonymous August 9, 2012

    I was feeding my dog the milos meatballs he became sick vet said it was the milos. He is fine now but no more milos of any kind!

  • Anonymous August 21, 2012

    My dog loves “Beggin strips”and I thought chicken would b an alternative. WRONG, she was throwingup, diarrehea and just not acting right, then I heard about other dogs, No more MILO’s for her an to think they cost more than the “Beggin strips”

  • Anonymous September 2, 2012

    My 1 yr old Shih Tzu became very ill the next morning after eating Milo’s chicken jerkey. She has never been sick before. She was throwing up and had diahrea. luckily she came out of it after 24 hours. I did not feed her the treats again. She only had one treat. my 10 yr old Golden had one too. She had some diahrea as well, but not throwing up. I’ll never buy these treats again. I think I’ll just stick to the milkbone dog biscuits. they need to remove these from the shelves. I’m going to take these back to Fred Meyer and ask for my money back. I’ll also ask them to remove these from the shelves, don’t know if they will though.

  • Anonymous September 6, 2012

    I have a very active 4 year old golden. Recently I’ve noticed she’s been a little calmer than normal, almost enough I thought of taking her to the vet because she just didn’t seem right. Then about two weeks ago we witnessed what we believe was a seizure, and again over the weekend. We have also noticed some incontinence issues when she hasn’t had an accident in the house since she has been a puppy. I actually have an appointment at the vet tomorrow. A friend posted something about the Milo treats on her facebook page and I was like you know, that is the only thing I fed her that was different the past month (maybe a treat or two at the most a day). The bag is gone now, but I am going to mention it to the vet tomorrow. I was thinking the onset of epilepsy, but now I’m thinking something with the kidney’s or liver.

  • Anonymous September 6, 2012

    I purchased a bag of the Milo’s Chicken Treats, had given my German Shepherd several of them before I saw the “made in China” on the bag. So far she seems ok, but I am terrified that I have given her something that could harm her. I am taking the bag of dog treats back to the grocery store, Publix, where they were purchased, and requesting that they pull them from the shelves. I am going to research on google everything from now on.

  • Anonymous September 10, 2012

    My healthy dog came close to death after eating Milo’s Kitchen dog treats. Liver & kidney damage. She spent 4 days at the vet and I thought I would have to put her down. Luckily she survived but I now have a $1,300 vet bill to pay. I want DelMonte to pay. How do I find more information about the class action suit?

  • Anonymous September 16, 2012

    My dog love treates happy dog

  • Anonymous September 16, 2012

    The lab has been eating these for several months and now I am worried sick. As expensive as Milo’s is you think they would be safe.

  • Anonymous September 18, 2012

    I also was giving my little beagle the Milo treats for several months thinking it was a safe treat for her. She became very ill; after spending several days at the Vet hospital she could not be saved. In all the testing done my poor little dog showed kidney failure. Shame on Milo for producing such a product that is killing pets around the country.

  • Anonymous September 22, 2012

    My 10 month old Shiloh Shepherd passed away on 9/15/12, 1 month after eating Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Grillers purchased at Sam’s Club. This is a dog who only ate top of the line food (never table foods). I had no idea these treats were tainted until the day after her death when a friend alerted me to this. I am pressing suit against DelMonte and hope that others with this experience will join the class action suit and tell EVERYONE you know to stop feeding your dogs treats from China.

  • Anonymous September 24, 2012

    My dog, a 6 year Rat Terrier died on November 26, 2011 within days after eating Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky.

  • Anonymous September 24, 2012

    Currently my 4 year old Yorkie is in ICU, we are hoping and doing everything we can to keep him alive, He is a very big part of our family and we love him very much! He did get sick in Nov, we didnt know it was from the Milos treats, he was just very toxic and there was no explantation for his sickness…. We still were giving him these treats, maybe once a week and little pieces of it…. Now, he has kidney faliure and we are praying we will be able to save him. Pls do not feed your dogs these treats!!!!

  • Anonymous September 26, 2012

    How can I join in this class action lawsuit. I had a 6 year old Doberman that ate them several times over a period of several months. This was a show dog very healthy bloodline her sire is now 11 years old. She suffered complete kidney failure out of the blue!

  • Anonymous September 30, 2012

    we lost our beloved sheperd dixie healthy after eatting chicken jerky 6 weeks later had to put her down vet could not diagnose her sudden stroke like sikeness we are lost with out her..

  • Anonymous October 5, 2012

    Our 1 year old dog tiny, a chihuahua mix, almost died a few months ago after eating Milo’s chicken jerky. It was the first time we had ever given him treats. Within two days he had bloody diarrhea, vomiting, he was extremely weak, lost 1 lb. and became lethargic. I rushed him to the vet who tested him for parvo and other illnesses which came out negative. the vet said it appeared to be some unknown type of poison or bacteria which he is never exposed to in our home. he told me to prepare for the worst, gave me meds and i took him home dropper fed him water, pedialite, and vet prescribed soft dog food. it was touch and go for about 3 days but i nursed him back to health round the clock and to the vets surprise, he pulled through and is back to normal. i will never buy milos again i am angry that stores still sell these products! not only did our beloved dog almost die but we had $700 in vet expenses!

  • Anonymous October 12, 2012

    I have been feeding my chihuahua’s these treats for a week. My older dog has developed scabs on her ears. there have been no change to her diet, environment, etc. I am throwing the rest away.

  • Anonymous November 24, 2012

    I too had a four year old American Eskie dog nearly die from eating Milo”s Chicken Jerky treats this August 2012. I barely gave him 1/2 a strip a day when I got home from work. Within a week he suffered with explosive diahrrea, and non-stop vomiting. He wouldn’t eat or drink and I had to rush him to the emergency vet thinking he’d been poisoned. The vet did every test, but could only say that he might have developed “Addison’s disease”…which is rare in this breed. I started to do my research and only then did I learn of the warnings and dangers of Chicken strips from China. I immediated contactyed the FDA to complain.
    He slowly recovered in two weeks time with anitibiotics, a bland diet, and no activity. He seems to be doing fine now.

    I also compained to Del Monte Foods, the distributor of this brand in America, and they sent me a large packet of documents to fill out. I had to get the full doctor’s report signed and notirized and provide them with my dog’s complete health history. After four months I just received a letter (just a print out of what they say on their website about the class action suit) and an offer of $135.00 as an expression of “gratitude” for taking the time to provide them with all the verterinary info. Of course, they still claim no responsibility, but I figured it was just their way of eliminating another claimant from the ongoing class action suit. My doctor bill was over $500, but many have suffered much greater loss, including the loss of the lives of their beloved animals. I want to know how to JOIN this class action suit and not settle for the “gratitude” payoff they’re offering me.

  • Anonymous November 28, 2012

    6 days ago I gave my dog a Milo’s Kitchen chicken jerky strip….5 days ago he became lethargic, 4 days ago he began vomiting followed by bloody diarrhea and a 105 temp! He is now hospitalized and we are unsure if he’s going to live. I too contacted the company who responded that they will be sending me a packet of paper work to fill out??? This company should be ashamed of themselves for allowing so many animals to lose their lives!

  • Anonymous December 5, 2012

    I started giving my dog Chicken Grillers and he loves them. He has been getting really lathargic and I am worried that these too maybe causing him to be this way. The Chicken Meatball ones are made in the USA so we will stick with them for now and see how it goes. I am worried about this though.

  • michael talbot December 31, 2012

    Please keep me posted. We lost our Westie and he died a terrrible death after eating a treat. my wife and I blame ourselves for not looking closer at the package…in very small print on the back said “made in china” BS bS BS china.

  • Kasey January 3, 2013

    We received a bag of the Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Grillers as a gift for our dog, Riley, for Christmas. We gave her 2 treats on Christmas Day and noticed she was acting a little funny over the next few days, just not herself, but we didn’t think of it as being due to the treats. We attributed it to being away for the Holidays and her not being in her own home. I gave her another one of these treats last night and we came home today after work to house full of vomit (with blood). I decided to Google the Milo’s treats because it is the only new thing that we’ve given her in her diet. I’m usually up on the latest Chinese dog treat issues, but I didn’t see that these were made in China initially on the bag since the print is so small. I was amazed to see what was out here. She has eaten 3 of these treats total and she is sick! She is a boxer mix and weighs 45 pounds. We are hoping that it ends with just a little bit of vomiting and that nothing has happened to her kidneys yet, I am definitely scared, but I will be taking her to the vet ASAP. Why are U.S. companies distributing or being allowed to distribute something like this that comes in from another country?!?!?! They clearly are more concerned with making money than the welfare of our beloved pets that we consider part of our families!

  • Dawn January 12, 2013

    My lab became very ill and died the week before Christmas from the Milo’s treat. I never seen any warnings about them. He has them almost everyday for several weeks before he died. It is a devastating loss.

  • Emily January 16, 2013

    I had a poodle who also died after eating these treats. He had some seizures and just couldnt make it. I wish I knew about this before it was too late.

  • Beverly Wells January 27, 2013

    We started giving kiwi (Pom) Milo’s kitchen chicken jerky treats in Sept. and had to put her down feb. 20th. 2012. These people need to be stopped!

  • sickdog January 31, 2013

    HOW DO I GET IN ON A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT? My 6 year old dog survived after being diagnosed with kidney failure (6/12) after eating Milos Chicken Jerky Treats. $1500+ dollars, vets & specialists and hospital stays, and LOTS of tears later she is ok. FDA did nothing. Want to be involved in a class action. PLEASE HELP. Thanks.

  • Sheila Chitko February 11, 2013

    My little 3 pd dog has also got sick and is still recovering from these treats. I have taken him to the Vet 2x and he also has signs of kidney trouble. After 2 blood tests from last yr and last week he still shows high in ALT/GGT. I trusted in this company from reading the package and not knowing anything about the problems or it being made from China since all the other products from this company are made in the USA. Shame on you for not posting anything about the product on the shelf so consumers could make up their own minds! I would of never put my poor little dog thru all this sickness! I also want to know how to make this company pay! Please e-mail!

  • Nancy Burkhart February 13, 2013

    My dog Lizzie died in October. She had been getting Milo’s chicken jerky for sometime. One night she started acting like she was sick. She just laid around. She was gone 2 hours later. I still miss her very much. She had been to vets not long before that and she was healthy.

  • bill February 14, 2013

    I am sorry to hear about everyones dogs here. I too am a dog owner and love my dog with all my heart. Unfortunately, this case here is not as it appears. I personally know these people who have sued the dog food company. These folks did not loose their dog from dog treats, he was old and it was his time to go. These people have made an unfortunate hobby of suing other people. They have sued their own family memebers, and recently the sued a well known single mother in our community. They no longer have found suing the “little guys” is of any satisfaction and now are going after “bigger” and better—where the real money is at. This has been going on with these people for years. PLEASE beware sending condolences…………..

    Bill

  • tony DiSalvo February 17, 2013

    Why is this poisin still out on the market. My 5 yr old pup had kidney failure. We tested for everything possible with 2 different vets and had to put her Jan 2013. Why was this product allowed on the market with so many issues. They should be sued

  • philip mccoy February 18, 2013

    my dog got sick about 6 weeks ago from eating the dog treats from sam club. the vet told me it was from eating the treats. allso sam club did away with them fast . they do not sell them now

  • Bruce Selmon February 20, 2013

    I also have had a sick dog with high vet bills after feeding her these treats and they still sell them in stores in my town. How can I get involved in this case to stop this from happening to other people and their pets. Please email me as soon as possible. Thanks

  • Tammy Simons March 19, 2013

    My baby jack. Is now having problems with his stomach. We gave him 3 chicken jersey treats a day. I don’t know what I should do now? any advise would help. Thank you

  • JOAN FRANK April 18, 2013

    I am interested in the lawsuit as well those jerky treats have cased my dog to have a mass in her stomach and brain as well

  • Sheila Chitko October 30, 2013

    Is this case still on going? My dog Also got sick with these treats. I have over 600.00 in Vet bills so far and he still has to go back for blood tests. I want to be involved in this case. These people need to pay for making my 3 pd Chihuahua sick. This was his favorite treat and I thought I was only feeding him the best.

  • Top Class Actions June 2, 2014

    UPDATE 6/2/2014: Nestle Purina and Waggin’ Train have agreed to settle three class action lawsuits alleging their jerky treats made in China have caused pets to get sick and/or die. The companies have agreed to create a $6.5 million settlement fund to compensate Class Members who believe their pets were harmed by the jerky treats. Click here for more information: http://tcastaff.wpengine.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/29223-waggin-train-purina-settle-jerky-treat-class-action-lawsuits/

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