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March 21, 2007

Woman thinks bad food killed her dog

A beloved Golden Retriever named Timber has died. Her owner and best friend is convinced that it was because she ate some of the pet food that has since been recalled.

“I can’t believe I didn’t know about the recall ahead of time so I could stop feeding her this,” said Gloria Hackbart, who lives in Pittsburg County. “I was force feeding her because she wouldn’t eat, and the whole time she was nibbling on poison.”

Timber ate canned Ol’ Roy chunks and gravy dog food, which is one of the nearly 100 brands of pet food recalled over the weekend after reports of 10 deaths from kidney failure in animals who ate the food.

So far only the cans and pouches of the dog and cat foods are affected. Dry food has not been implicated. The food, according to producer Menu Foods, was manufactured between Dec. 3 and March 6.

A complete list of the recalled food can be found at www.menufoods/recall.

The Web site offers detailed information on the brands, dates manufactured, product descriptions, sizes and UPC codes.

And while there are two hotline numbers set up for concerned pet owners, consumers generally get a busy signal. In fact, several days of repeated calling by the McAlester News-Capital produced only busy signals.

McAlester resident Liz Shaw found a way to bypass that and still get the information she needed. “I looked on the back of the food and got the brand maker’s phone number and called that,” she said. “I got to talk to someone right away and they were very helpful.”

Meanwhile, Hackbart wants everyone to know that she believes the suspect pet food is right here in McAlester. “I bought Timber’s food at Wal-Mart in McAlester,” she said. “And yes, my dog did die.”

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