LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California consumer is suing a dog food manufacturer claiming its allegedly false and misleading product labeling for dog treats could pose a health hazard for pets.

Charlotte Docken, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a lawsuit May 28 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against PetMatrix LLC and 20 unidentified defendants, alleging consumer fraud and unfair competition.

Docken brought the action after her dog required surgery to clear an abdominal obstruction, allegedly after consuming one of the defendant’s treats.

According to the complaint, the PetMatrix Dream Bone dog treats are advertised as having no rawhide and containing 99 percent digestible ingredients. However, the plaintiff claims the treats actually contain a large amount of partially or completely indigestible ingredients, allegedly with the full knowledge of PetMatrix.

The plaintiff seeks a jury trial, restitution for any damages class members suffered from using the product, as well as disgorgement of profits from sale of the product, interest and litigation costs. She is represented by attorney Todd M. Friedman of the Law Offices of Todd M. Friedman in Beverly Hills.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 8:16-cv-00994

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