Beneful blamed for dogs' deaths in second class action lawsuit

By John O'Brien | Mar 5, 2015

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A second class action lawsuit has been filed against Nestle Purina Petcare Co. alleging the dog food brand Beneful is causing deaths.

On Feb. 27, Paul Malcolm sued Nestle Purina in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. It says Beneful contains substances that are toxic to animals that have resulted in the serious illnesses and deaths of thousands of dogs.

Malcolm’s American Bulldog/Rottweiler mix became severely ill and died as a result of consuming Beneful Healthy Weight for three to four years, he claims.

The complaint cites 11 similar complaints pulled off the Internet.

“Beneful contains menadione, a controversial and harmful form of vitamin K, linked to liver toxicity, allergies and the abnormal break-down of red blood cells,” the complaint says.

“Beneful also contains propylene glycol, which is added to the product to help preserve the moisture content.

“Propylene glycol, a key ingredient in newer automotive anti-freeze, is toxic and has been proven to cause a serious type of blood disease in animals called Heinz body anemia.”

Representing Malcolm are attorneys David Pastor of Pastor Law Office in Boston; Kenneth Gilman of Gilman Law of Bonita Springs, Fla.; and Preston Leonard of Leonard Law Office in Boston.

The suit was filed 23 days after Frank Lucido’s. His complaint says Nestle Purina has received more than 3,000 online complaints.

Lucido blames Beneful for his German Shepherd’s and Labrador Retriever’s illnesses and his English Bulldog’s death.

A third recent lawsuit was filed in Northampton County Court of Common Pleas by a woman representing herself.

She said she had 13 dogs in January 2013. Nine ate Beneful, and four dogs refused to and were fed another brand.

The nine who ate Beneful became ill, while the other four did not, she said. She seeks $15,000 for the treatment of the dogs. Nestle Purina removed the case to federal court on Feb. 27.

From Legal Newsline: Reach editor John O’Brien at jobrienwv@gmail.com.

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