The loss of a pet can be an emotionally wrenching experience. For many people, a pet is an integral
part of the family and the loss of that family member, particularly if it could have been avoided, leaves a hole that is often difficult to fill. That hole can remain open and raw for a long period of time if the pet was unjustly killed by the negligence of a person or company.
In early 2007, thousands of dogs and cats started dying after eating certain types of pet food. On March 15, 2007, the FDA found contaminants in vegetable proteins imported into the United States from China and used as ingredients in pet food. There was a massive recall, but pets that were already exposed continued to fall ill.
By 2008, a number of lawsuits had been filed against pet food manufacturers. A number of owners realized that they could be compensated for the vet bills and the pain and suffering they experienced as a result of the death of their pets.
Just because a product is intended to be used by an animal such as a dog or a cat instead of a human does not mean that the company that creates this product is not held to standards for safety. A dog or a cat deserves safe products just as much as any other member of the family.