Shaun Zinck Jul. 13, 2015, 1:07pm


CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - A maker of dog treats is facing a lawsuit that claims the treats are harmful and potentially deadly for pets.

Ryan Bietsch, Bryan Schneider and Michael Pfortmiller filed the lawsuit on June 19 in United States District Court in Illinois against Sergeant's Pet Care Products, claiming its line of Pur Luv pet treats are dangerous for dogs.

The lawsuit said some of the parts of the semi-soft dog treats don't dissolve or break down after dogs eat them, and instead form into rock-hard chunks that can obstruct a pet's bowel causing serious injuries including death.

“Many dog owners have watched their pets suffer after consuming Sergeant’s Pur Luv Treats, and many dogs have required expensive, life-saving veterinary care,” the lawsuit said. “Despite these widespread problems, Sergeant’s continues to sell Pur Luv Treats without any warnings or notice of the Treats’ inherent danger.”

The suit is seeking class status for those who purchased the dog treat brand, and is also seeking more than $5 million in damages plus court costs.

The plaintiffs are represented by Joseph Siprut, Richard L. Miller II, Todd McLawhorn, and Gregg M. Barbakoff of Siprut PC in Chicago.

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois-Eastern Division case number 1:15-cv-05432.

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