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Evangers denied knowledge of horse meat despite its license
Even though the owners of Evanger's Dog and Cat Food Co. Inc. had a state license to process horse meat from Feb. 14, 2016, through Aug. 17, 2017, they denied any knowledge of how horse meat found its way into their products.

FDA investigates Smucker-owned Big Heart over pentobarbital
An investigation into pentobarbital adulteration in canned, wet pet food manufactured by Big Heart Pet Brands Inc. remains "open and ongoing" according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Jet Blue flight crew helps dog in distress
A couple credited a fast-acting flight crew with saving their dog's life after it had a hard time breathing aboard an airplane.

Deputies investigating after pet owner reports Husky was stolen, bleached

Adams County deputies are investigating after the owner of a young Husky reported his canine was stolen and bleached.
Joshua Pack said his eight-month-old Siberian-Alaskan Husky mix is missing. The dog is special to him as he says he's had "Cash" since he was only weeks old.

"He's got his own spot in my bed. He's got his own pillow," Pack said. "He's like one of my babies."

Pack currently lives on property along Cemetery Road in Peebles. He said that he and Cash moved in with relatives about three weeks ago. Because there is no fence, Cash and his new canine siblings wear shock collars. Despite that, Pack said Cash disappeared from the backyard 10 days ago.

Pack said he was at his sister's home down the street for about 20 minutes, then came back and found Cash was gone.

"I've been all over Adams County looking for him, Brown County looking for him, all the counties in between," Pack said.

Within 24 hours of the pup's disappearance, a post popped up on Facebook in local rescue groups. A woman, who FOX19 NOW is not identifying because she hasn't been charged, claimed that she found a dog on Cemetery Road.

The Husky that she found, she wrote, appeared to have been neglected. She also said that his skin and fur had been bleached, which had changed part of his fur to a different color. Pack said he knew immediately, based on the dog's appearance and specific markings, that the dog in the pictures was Cash.

"(Bleaching is) very harmful to their skin, can leave chemical burns on them," Pack said. "Just thinking he's out somewhere right now without the proper medical attention that he needs, and he doesn't have me. I can't think of what he's going through."

According to Pack, when he had been with his pet only a day earlier, Cash was in great health, and his fur was black and white. Pack believes his dog was stolen, maybe to turn a profit, and he suspects Cash's fur was bleached to hide his identity.

"It's cruel. That's not humane. It's sad," Pack said.

The woman's Facebook post regarding the discovered dog has since been deleted. Adams County deputies said they've located and talked to a "suspect," but there has been no sign of Cash.

"That's my boy," Pack said. "I miss him, and I want him home."

The county dog warden said the woman who made the Facebook post claiming to have found a bleached Husky did not contact the warden or turn the dog over to officials.

Pack is offering a reward for the return of Cash. If you have any information on the dog's whereabouts, contact the Sheriff's Office at 937-544-2314.

Adams County Sheriff's deputies have said they are now turning the case over to the county prosecutor, which means the unnamed suspect could soon be facing criminal charges in the case.

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FDA Alerts Pet Owners about the Presence of Thyroid Hormones in Certain Milo’s Kitchen Pet Treats
The FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about The J.M. Smucker Company’s recall of certain Milo's Kitchen pet treats after FDA testing found thyroid hormones in products eaten by dogs that showed symptoms of hyperthyroidism, a disease that is rare in dogs.

Steve's Real Food Voluntarily Recalls Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
Steve's Real Food of Salt Lake City, Utah is voluntarily recalling one lot of 5lb Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Blue Ridge Beef Recalls Kitten Grind Raw Pet Food Lot#GA1102 Because of Possible Contamination
Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, GA, is recalling lot#GA1102 of Kitten Grind raw pet food because of the potential of contamination with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. This recall was initiated after the FDA received a complaint of two kitten deaths, including one death which was confirmed to be caused by Salmonella septicemia. Subsequent testing by the FDA of Kitten Grind Lot#GA1102 revealed the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

Raw Basic's recalls raw, frozen Tucker's pet food for Salmonella
Raw Basics LLC is recalling its Tucker's branded, raw, frozen pork-bison pet food after Nebraska officials found a sample to be contaminated with Salmonella.

FDA Alerts Pet Owners About Potential Pentobarbital Contamination in Canned Dog Food Manufactured by The J.M. Smucker Company, Including Certain Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy Products
After learning about positive pentobarbital results in certain cans of Gravy Train dog food, J.M. Smucker initiated a withdrawal of various canned dog food products from its Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol' Roy, and Skippy brands.

Smokehouse dog treats recalled for Salmonella after testing
Smokehouse Pet Products Inc. is recalling 4-ounce bags of dog treats labeled as "Beefy Munchies" due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Darwin's and ZooLogics raw pet food is under investigation by the FDA for salmonella and listeria contamination in its products
The FDA, in making the announcement Monday, warned it has a "zero-tolerance policy" for salmonella or other pathogenic bacteria in all pet food, meaning the agency will take action, "as appropriate," against any pet food found to be contaminated with the bacteria.

United Airline Says "No" To Emotional Support Peacock

A United Airlines passenger who tried to take her emotional support peacock with her on a cross-country flight has had the bird turned away by the airline because of health and safety concerns.

New York City-based photographer and performance artist Ventiko says she bought a ticket for her peacock, Dexter, so he would have his own seat on Sunday's flight from New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport to Los Angeles.

A spokeswoman for Chicago-based United says the peacock didn't meet guidelines for several reasons, including its size and weight. Spokeswoman Andrea Hiller says the issues had been explained to the passenger three times "before they arrived at the airport."

Dexter's Instagram account notes his "human friends" will be driving him cross-country.

(By Associated Press January 31, 2018, 10:11 am)

Blue Buffalo and Wellness Recalled

Blue Buffalo Company is voluntarily recalling one production lot of BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain RecipeTM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs, as the product has the potential to contain elevated levels of naturally- occurring beef thyroid hormones.
Dogs ingesting high levels of beef thyroid hormones may exhibit symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, weight loss, increased heart rate and restlessness. These symptoms may resolve when the use of the impacted food is discontinued. However, with prolonged consumption these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing. Should these symptoms occur, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Although the Blue Buffalo Customer Care Resource Team has not received any reports of dogs exhibiting these symptoms from consuming this product, the FDA advised Blue Buffalo of a single consumer who reported symptoms in one dog, who has now fully recovered. Blue Buffalo immediately began an investigation, however, and after working with the FDA, Blue Buffalo decided it would be prudent to recall the one production lot in question.

The voluntary recall is limited to one production lot of the following product:

Product Name UPC Code Best Buy Date
BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain
Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet
Food for Adult Dogs 12.5 oz can
June 7, 2019 (found
on the bottom of the can)
Affected products were distributed nationally through pet specialty and on-line retailers.
No other Blue Buffalo products are impacted by this issue.

If your pet has consumed the product listed above and has exhibited any of these symptoms, please discontinue feeding and contact your veterinarian. Consumers who have purchased the product subject to this recall should dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Blue Buffalo at 866-201-9072 from 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday, or by email at for more information.

WellPet has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited amount of one canned topper product due to potential elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone.
Recalled Product Details:

Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs – 13.2 oz
Best-By Dates of 02 FEB 19, 29 AUG 19 and 30 AUG 19, located on the bottom of the can
Three best-by date codes of one recipe have the potential to contain elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone. Elevated levels may affect a dog’s metabolism and can be associated with anxiousness, increased thirst, increased urinary output and weight loss. However, with prolonged consumption these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing. Although multiple studies indicate that, for the vast majority of pets, symptoms are reversible once the pet stops eating product with elevated thyroid hormone, if your pet has consumed this product and has exhibited any of these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
The recipe is a mixer or topper and is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only; the likelihood of a dog being affected is remote. Even though the chance of a dog being affected is unlikely, WellPet is voluntarily recalling this recipe with these three best-by dates. No other Wellness products are affected. Affected products were distributed at pet specialty retailers throughout North America and online.

Although the WellPet Consumer Affairs team has received no reports of any health problems to date as a result of feeding this recipe, the FDA advised WellPet of three dogs that were affected. WellPet immediately initiated an investigation, and based on follow-up research, decided to recall the lots in question. The dogs are now fully recovered and doing well.

“Please know that safeguarding the health and wellbeing of pets is of the utmost importance to us,” said Camelle Kent, chief executive officer of WellPet, the maker of Wellness products. “We fully intend on maintaining the trust you have placed in us to keep your pets healthy and happy, and are removing this product as part of our ongoing commitment to quality and food safety.”

If you have any of the 13.2 oz recipe with these three best-by dates, please email WellPet at or call 1-877-227-9587. For more information, please visit WellPet’s website for a letter from the CEO.

Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs – 13.2 oz, Can UPC: 0 76344 89450 6

Sedative in dog food; Evanger’s RECALL after dog dies from Pentobarbital

recalled-Evangers-dog-food-canAt least five dogs have been sickened and one has died after eating Evanger’s "Hunk of Beef" canned food. A barbiturate, Pentobarbital, has been confirmed in one lot of the food and the company is concerned people may still have unused cans in their homes.

Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL, is recalling five lots of 12-ounce cans of "Hunk of Beef" dog food that have expiration dates of June 2020, according to the recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration website.

The company distributed the recalled dog food to retailers in 15 states: Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The recalled dog food was manufactured the week of June 6-13, 2016.

Consumers can identify the recalled dog food by looking for 12-ounce cans that have lot numbers beginning with and of the following:

1816E07HB; and

Only cans with one of the above numbers, an expiration date of June 2020, and barcodes that have 20109 in the second half. The barcodes can be found on the back of the product labels.

The barbiturate Pentobarbital is a sedative and if ingested by animals it can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea and, in extreme cases, death. The implicated beef was not used in any other Evanger’s products.

"All Evanger’s suppliers of meat products are USDA approved," according to the recall notice. "This beef supplier provides us with beef chunks from cows that are slaughtered in a USDA facility. We continue to investigate how this substance entered our raw material supply.

"Although it has been verified that little or no product remains on store shelves, if consumers still have cans with the aforementioned lot numbers, (they) should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 847-537-0102."

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