NORTH PORT, Fla. (WFLA) – For Kelly Bone, grief is almost too much to bear.
She doesn't let herself think about it often. Her heart is too broken, the tears begin to fall when she talks about a tender subject.
Lose his little guy, Duncan.
Kelly says her blind puppy died a painful death recently when his kidneys failed.
She claims he suffered in the end.
This North Port pet parent is still shocked and sick, she says when she thinks about what he claimed his life.
"He was love in my life," Kelly said in an exclusive interview Friday night. "We spent every moment together." [1
He was really the love of her life, and as it turns out, she saved lives many times by warning her of attacks. Her 13-year-old Bichon Frize was not just a dog.
For Kelly, Duncan was a family member, a patron, a guardian. Then he was gone.
Her constant, faithful companion died in January and left Kelly in addition to heart failure and ultimately confused.
Duncan was healthy. He was active. He was extremely playful and got plenty of exercise. He was extremely good-natured and loved to be around people
Not to mention, Kelly saw him as a hawk.
They were inseparable.
So, what went wrong?
How did this happen, she wondered.
After abundant research, analysis of his food intake, countless discussions with dieticians, veterinarians, family, friends and other pet parents, Kelly narrowed down to a conclusion.
She did not like what she discovered,
Kelly claims Duncan's dog food is what killed him.
The food was made by Hills Pet Nutrition and, according to Kelly, contained very toxic levels of vitamin D. It was not only dangerous, she told us it was fatal.
Duncan's food would soon be included in a sweeping global recall issued by the company at the end of January and its canned dog food was among the products concerned.
Reason for revocation
Elevated levels of vitamin D were found.
Duncan's dog food, Kelly concluded, cost him his life.
When the January recall was issued, the shock and agitation around the world felt.
Animal owners in 26 countries claim they saw their animals die and could not tell why it happened.
Many now say that joking dog food is to blame – food from one of the most famous popular brands.
Kelly told us, "Hill has acknowledged that they had a third party vendor that puts too much vitamin D in their food. They didn't have adequate quality checks in place to test that food."
Hills Pet Nutrition admitted that the food was lacking.
The company made the following statement to the WFLA and said in part: "Our investigation confirmed that, due to a supplier error, a certified ingredient was sent to Hills containing elevated levels of vitamin D. We now need the supplier of our vitamin blend to perform additional tests on each party. "
Kelly says the company contacted her after Duncan's death to discuss the circumstances.
She explained how Hill offered her $ 10 in coupons.
"Coupons", she exclaimed. She was incredible. "For a dog I no longer have!"
It was late in January
Now it has happened again.
Another massive revocation was announced by Hill's Pet Nutrition – an expansion of an initial recall in January, caused by the same vitamin blend received from a US supplier.
The following products have been added to the original recall:
- Hill's Prescription Diet k / d Kidney care with lamb canned dog food, 13 oz., 12 pack, SKU 2697, Date code / Lot number 102020T25
- Hills Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight Chicken & Vegetable Entree Dog Food 12×12.8 oz. cans, SKU 2975, Date code / Lot number 092020T28
- Hill's Prescription Diet c / d Multicare Urinary Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew canned dog food, 5.5 oz., 24-pack, SKU 3388, Date code / Lot code 102020T18 ] Hills prescription animal i / d low fat canned rice, vegetable and chicken cod, 24×5.5 oz. cans, SKU 3391 Date code / Party code 092020T27
- Hills Prescription Diet r / d Canine 12×12.3 oz. cans, SKU 7014, date codes / lot codes 092020T28, 102020T27, 102020T28
- Hills Science Diet Adult beef and barley Entree canned dog food, 13 oz., 12-pack, SKU 7039, Date codes / Lot codes 092020T31, 102020T21  Hills Science Diet Adult 7+ healthy food Roasted chicken, carrots and spinach Stew dog food, 12×12.5 oz. cans, SKU 10449, Date code / Lot code 092020T28
- Hills Science Diet Health food Adult Braised Beef, Carrots and Peas Fried canned dog food, 12.5 oz., 12-pack, SKU 10451, Date code / Lot code 102020T28
] Full list of recalled products
The products were sold nationwide.
Elevated levels of vitamin D in dogs can lead to vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. In some cases, it can lead to potentially life-threatening health problems in dogs, including renal dysfunction.
Two massive pet memories recall in less than two months.
When the recall was announced this week, Kelly couldn't believe it.
She said, "This company must be extinguished. They don't deserve to be in business!"
Duncan's owner knew the heart care again. She was terrified, angry and filled with grief.
Then a moment of calm.
The cute, fluffy face.
Kelly's heart swelled with warmth and purpose.
Her favorite trap needed her.
These pictures of seeing their little guy glitter in glasses or "dogs" as they are called.
She says reminded herself. – Don't give up, keep fighting Duncan.
So she did.
And she hasn't stopped.
On Friday night, when she shared Duncan's story, she was filled with emotions and wiped away tears. She sighed and shook her head.
"We have to be their voice. People are guilty of their pets examining their pet and being the pet's pet because the pet can't do it themselves," she said.
And that's talking about.
Kelly hopes her message will be global.
It turns out.
People are listening. emailing this non-stop North Port pet
Kelly has received thousands of messages from all over the world.
Everything started a few weeks ago with a post on her Facebook page – a message to her cute boy, "Duncan, I am so sorry I trusted this company. Mom loves you."
After Kelly shared Duncan's games online, she was shocked by what happened next.
Her post went viral.
] Duncan's history has been shared more than a million times.
The answer has been both overwhelming and comforting. Countless people have contacted Kelly with deep compassion.
It has also been those who seek comfort, those who know for the first time what kind of grief Kelly is going through daily.
Pet owners went out to say that they also lost their beloved four-legged family members, quoting Hills Nutrition as guilty after its January recall of food containing dangerous D vitamins.
When WFLA asked Hills about Kelly's case, the company talked about Duncan:
First of all, we are heartfelt about this situation, which means a limited amount of our canine canned dogs, and we take it very seriously. As pet parents themselves, we understand serious health issues with our pets.
Our study confirmed that a certified ingredient due to a supplier error was sent to Hills which contained elevated levels of vitamin D outside our specifications. The vitamin blend formula is not an ingredient in any of our dry foods. No dry foods, sweets or other moist foods are affected by this recall.
To prevent this from happening again, we now need the supplier of our vitamin blend to perform additional quality tests on each batch of this ingredient delivered to the Hills. In addition, we also strengthen our own test protocol for incoming ingredients as an extra protection.
Hills Nutrition also provided a link so that customers could control specific types of pets affected.
As for Kelly, she is still heartbroken, but constantly in her efforts.
Get "Justice for Duncan", she told us.
She also has a hashtag for him.
"I will not stop fighting. I am on Facebook every day, respond to messages. Thousands of them have called me Erin Brockovich of pets," she smiled. "I guess. I just want to be Duncan's voice and other pet's voice because they can't speak for themselves."
She added: "I do not advise, I only encourage animal food training. We must be good advocates for our pets," she explained. "Duncan was my darling, he was the love of my life. I continue to fight for him."
Kelly has then filed a lawsuit and is represented by a Chicago corporation.
For more information on the two recalls, Hills Pet Nutrition can be contacted via this toll free number 1-800-445-5777 or email [email protected]