Restore Our Trust!  Keep Dangerous Dog Treats Off The Shelves.
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CEO, Walmart
Michael Duke
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Walmart, Sam's Club, Costco, Target, Safeway, Kroger, and Walgreens
CEO, Safeway
Steven A. Burd
EVP Retail Operations, Safeway
Bruce L. Everette
SVP Supply Operations, Safeway
Jerry Tidwell
Media Relations, Kroger
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EVP Global Consumer Insights, Sam's Club
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President and CEO, Sam's Club
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Doug Schutt
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Jeffrey Brotman
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Graham W. Atkinson
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Diane.Dietz
CEO, Costco
Craig Jelinek
Chairman and CEO, Kroger
David B. Dillon
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Laysha L. Ward
President and CEO, Walgreens
Gregory D. Wasson
President and CEO, Target
Gregg W. Steinhafel
Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Target
Jeffrey J. Jones, II
Director of Media Relations, Walmart
Lorenzo Lopez
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President and CEO, Walmart US
Bill Simon
Target

Restore Our Trust! Keep Dangerous Dog Treats Off The Shelves.

    1. Rita Desollar
    2. Petition by

      Rita Desollar

      Pekin, IL

I knew nothing of the dangers of chicken jerky treats from China when I bought the package of Waggin' Train dog treats at my local Walgreens in Pekin, IL as a special treat for my sweet and happy German Shepherd, Heidi.  There was no warning on the package nor was there any warning posted on the shelf where I found them. Five days after eating just two pieces of the Waggin’ Train chicken jerky, Heidi was dead.  

 The day Heidi died, I sat at my computer crying and did a Google search for “WHAT KILLED MY DOG?" That's when I learned -- too late -- about the ongoing investigation by the FDA, and the hundreds of stories about dogs becoming ill and dying after eating these types of treats. Jerky treats made in China. Not just the Waggin' Train brand either. Through a page on Facebook, Animal Parents Against Pet Treats and Food Made in China, I found people who, like me, did not know the dangers of these treats and whose dogs had become sick, or like Heidi, had died as a result of eating pet jerky products  made in China. 

Heidi had all the same symptoms that other dogs had after eating jerky treats made in China.  The same symptoms that hundreds of others had reported to the FDA that their dogs also had: 

vomiting

diarrhea — sometimes with blood

decreased appetite and decreased activity

increased water consumption (excessive thirst)

increased urination

and, as in my sweet Heidi's case, death. 

I feel so betrayed! I feel betrayed by the makers of the dangerous treats who refuse to acknowledge that there is any problem with a product that has already generated 3,243 complaints to the FDA,  which includes 501 deaths. And according to a recent interview with an employee of the FDA, continues to receive an average of 40 complaints per week!  The numbers are going to continue going up. 

I feel betrayed by the FDA, which is supposed to be responsible for protecting the public health and assuring the safety of our nation’s food supply, but has not yet forced a recall and is allowing these products back on the shelves.  

 

Most of all, I feel betrayed by Walgreens, the corner drug store where I had been a loyal customer for over 40 years. There are jerky treats made in China still on their shelves! Walgreens own brand, Pet Shoppe, jerky treats for dogs is MADE IN CHINA and there have been reports of dogs becoming ill after consuming them.

 People trust their favorite stores and companies to sell them safe products. I trusted my corner drug store.  Heidi trusted me.  And Heidi paid for it with her life. 

Who can we trust now?

Please help me by telling retailers that continue to sell these dangerous products that we need them to restore our trust in them. Tell them that we need to trust them to protect us, our families and our pets by taking ALL jerky treats made in China off their shelves. 

If enough stores take these treats off their shelves, fewer people will unknowingly feed their best friends dangerous treats and companies like Waggin Train, Dogswell, Kingdom Pets, and Pet Shoppe will have to start paying attention. Too many people and dogs have suffered already. 

Please sign and share this petition liberally and leave a comment telling your favorite stores to take ALL these dangerous dog treats off the shelves so you can TRUST them again. 

This is Heidi's story.  If your dog also became ill or died after eating dangerous dog treats file a report with the FDA!  Scroll down to the NEWS UPDATES to learn how to do this!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. They're BACK~! BEWARE!!!

      Rita Desollar
      Petition Organiser

      In February, 2014, Purina again began selling Waggin' Train Jerky Treats (STILL MADE IN CHINA). Nothing has changed. Despite being asked numerous times what changes were made to insure these "new" (same as the old) treats are safe, Purina has been silent. DO NOT BE FOOLED. This product is STILL made in China. The potential for illness/death is still very real. Thank you for your continued support.

    2. THE FDA WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU

      Rita Desollar
      Petition Organiser

      If your pet became ill or died after eating a jerky pet treat, TELL THE FDA! Here's how!

      FDA Reportable Food Registry
      http://www.fda.gov/Food/ComplianceEnforcement/RFR/default.htm#about

      or

      http://www.fda.gov/Safety/ReportaProblem/ConsumerComplaintCoordinators/

    3. WE NEED YOUR STORY~

      Rita Desollar
      Petition Organiser

      If you have had a pet who you believe has been harmed or killed by eating a jerky product made in China, I need to hear from you to share important information I have learned. Please contact me with the BRAND of jerky product you suspect injured your dog, either through change.org or at missing_heidi@yahoo.com. Many of the dangerous products have been pulled from the shelves but we are NOT done! Let me hear from you. In every email I get from you, I hear Heidi's voice from the Rainbow Bridge.

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    4. ****** We are getting stronger!!! More ways to help!*******

      Rita Desollar
      Petition Organiser

      Please also read and sign this petition:http://www.change.org/petitions/fda-post-consumer-warnings-where-we-can-see-them

      Ray is a friend of mine who also lost his dog to a product that was on the shelves the whole time the FDA was investigating it. If Ray and I had seen any evidence that the products were being investigated by the FDA Heidi and Sarge would still be here. Your support is important and with your help we are making a difference!!

      FDA: Post consumer warnings where we can see them!

      Every day, every person in this country faces potentially lethal food products. You and your loved ones are at risk every time you bring home...

    5. Reached 75,000 signatures
    6. Update February, 2013

      Rita Desollar
      Petition Organiser

      Update 01/15/2013 WE HAVE BEEN HEARD! A few manufacturers have voluntarily recalled some of their products. Waggin' Train recalled their treats because a laboratory in New York found ingredients in them that should NOT have been there! But, Nestle has said the recall is "temporary" and they plan to put the products back on the shelves. How can we ever trust them again??

      Our work is not done. It will not be done until EVERY SINGLE BAG of any treat Made in China is OFF our trusted store's shelves and they STAY off. They are ALL dangerous.

      Please keep sharing and please keep signing! Your overwhelming support and enthusiasm for this campaign has been nothing short of awe-inspring.

      Heidi has been waiting at the Rainbow Bridge since May, 2012. I know she's proud of our efforts to save other fur-babies from her fate. I miss her so much still ... every. single. day. :'( Thank you all again, so very much for helping me.

    7. Walgreens - do the right thing - put the signs back up

      Rita Desollar
      Petition Organiser

      Unfortunately, the Walgreens in my home town removed the signs that they had agreed to put up with the FDA advice to consumers about being very cautious when buying jerky treats made in China. The jerky treats from China that killed Heidi were bought there. I can only suspect that their decision to take down the signs now is because Walgreens is selling their OWN store brand of jerky pet treats made (where else?) in China. Pet Shoppe. Jerky. Made in China. Hey, Walgreens? Can you assure us they didn't come from the same place the others came from? (No, I didn't think so).
      DO NOT FEED YOUR PET ANY TREAT MADE IN CHINA.

    8. WE ARE MAKING HEADLINES. TAKE THEM OFF THE SHELVES!

      Rita Desollar
      Petition Organiser

      We are being heard! We are now over 64,000 strong!
      AND WE ARE MAKING HEADLINES! LOOK:

      Check out the article about us on MSNBC.com:
      http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/27/14114813-grieving-pet-owners-take-jerky-treat-fight-to-the-stores?lite

      AND on NPR.org/TheSalt
      http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/28/161914346/grieving-pet-owners-want-imported-dog-treats-pulled-from-shelves

      Your support is awe-inspiring. Your comments are being read. Thank you for joining this campaign. We ARE saving dogs everywhere, but there are still so many unsuspecting pet owners who don't know about the dangers. Please continue sharing the link to this petition - on Facebook, on Twitter, on Pinterest. Everywhere.

      Thank you. It's been four months since Heidi died and I can't tell you how much it hurts to continue to see the product that killed her on store shelves everywhere.

      RESTORE OUR TRUST,
      TAKE DANGEROUS DOG TREATS OFF THE SHELVES!

    9. 50,000!! HEAR US NOW! TAKE THEM OFF THE SHELVES!

      Rita Desollar
      Petition Organiser

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^50,000!!! 50,000!!! 50,000!!! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      We are now 50,000 voices united saying:
      "RESTORE OUR TRUST! TAKE DANGEROUS DOG TREATS OFF THE SHELVES"

      And remember, EVERY signature generates an email to the corporate offices of the stores. They're hearing us tell them we want to trust them again. They are hearing us LOUD AND CLEAR!

      Thank you change.org and everyone who has signed, shared, and shared, and shared this petition again. You are the most amazing people and I am so grateful to be among you fighting this good fight. We will keep going! We will NOT back down! Enough dogs have become ill and died!

      To all the stores still carrying the poisonous products - HEAR US NOW!

      NEVER underestimate what the power of LOVE, and UNITY, and DEVOTION, and DETERMINATION combined with the bittersweet memory of a sloppy, wet kiss from a never-to-be-forgotten furry friend can accomplish.

    10. Reached 50,000 signatures
    11. 40,000!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

      Rita Desollar
      Petition Organiser

      Four months ago my dog died and I didn't know why. And now, here you all are. 40,000 of you helping me get this message spread so no more dogs need to die senselessly like Heidi did. Thank you for helping me get Heidi's voice heard all the way from the Rainbow Bridge. We are STRONG. We are UNITED. We are FIERCE. And we WILL NOT STOP until the stores RESTORE OUR TRUST and take the treats that they KNOW are dangerous off their shelves!
      Here is another powerful video to share and get the message spread. Terry S is a very close friend of mine who lost her dog Sampson to poisonous jerky treats. And Heidi is in here, too ...at 3:29 http://www.lostdogsfilm.com/

    12. Reached 30,000 signatures
    13. BONeJOUR Pet Supply Discontinuing Dogswell Made in China Jerky Treats

      Rita Desollar
      Petition Organiser

      DON'T TELL US IT CAN'T BE DONE!!!
      Thank you, Noe Bunnell, owner of BONeJOUR Pet Supply, a small (four employees I was told, including her) pet supply store in Philadelphia, PA for putting MORALITY before MONEY when it comes to our furry family members. Noe (who has signed and supported this petition herself) says:

      "I can't morally continue to sell these treats if there is the ... possibility that they will make my canine customers sick, or worse... . I can only hope that I will gain another customer who trusts me to ... make sure their pets are protected..."

      Thank you, Noe and BONeJOUR for being a retailer we can TRUST!

      KROGER? WALMART? WALGREENS? SAMS CLUB? COSTCO? WALGREENS? SAFEWAY?

      Show us that you are retailers we can TRUST! Take the dangerous treats off your shelves.

      Read the rest of Noe's blog here: http://bonejourpetsupply.blogspot.com/2012/09/discontinuing-dogswell-made-in-china.html

      And you can leave your own personal thank you for her on Facebook: BONeJOUR

    14. I knew it!!! Thank you!

      Rita Desollar
      Petition Organiser

      Wow! Over 1500 signatures in just eight days! I knew you were out there! I KNEW there were people just like me who want to TRUST their stores again. Thank you all for the incredible support. And please remember to NAME NAMES! In your comment NAME the store where you shop the most ... the one you want to RESTORE YOUR TRUST. We'll make sure they hear you! Thank you!!

    15. Reached 1,500 signatures
    16. Facebook Group: Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made In China!

      Rita Desollar
      Petition Organiser
    17. Please read the Veterinary Information Network Advisory

      Rita Desollar
      Petition Organiser
    18. NBCNEWS.COM: China stiff-arms FDA on jerky pet treat testing, reports show

      Rita Desollar
      Petition Organiser

    Supporters

    @PamGrier

    20 Sep, 2012

    Toxic Treats Continue to Take Lives http://t.co/JT4hNFZb via @zite

    Pam Grier
    498k followers

    @JENNIWOWW

    17 Sep, 2012

    http://t.co/enAjGCOw

    JWOWW
    3.05M followers

    Reasons for signing

    • laina monaghan DES MOINES, KS
      • about 5 hours ago

      Because i love dogs

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    • Susan Kotowicz CHEYENNE, WY
      • 3 days ago

      Dangerous products from China threaten the health of our beloved animal companions, and China could care less, because after all, the Chinese eat dogs and cats while Americans have the luxary to have dogs and cats as companions and family members. I will never buy another thing made in China if these dangerous "treats" and other products safety is no guaranteed!

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    • K. Sardinas-Wyssling PLAINSBORO, NJ
      • 5 days ago

      Rita, you are a hero to your sweet Heidi and to all our fur babies who depend on us to give them things that will not harm them. I can't believe there is any hesitation to withdraw these harmful products. Our dogs are family members. Businesses should act accordingly!

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    • Rose Tharp TUCSON, AZ
      • 5 days ago

      I lost a dog from a rawhide bone that she chocked on

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    • Nanci Mead PORT ORANGE, FL
      • 8 days ago

      AND THERE ARE SO MANY SIGN

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