Plaintiff Thomas Roupe has filed a class action lawsuit against the Gravy Train brand of canned dog food claiming it is poisonous to pets. The defendants in the case and makers of the Gravy Train canned dog food is Big Heart Pet Brands Inc.,.
The lawsuit claims that the Gravy Train dog food contains pentobarbital which is a “Class II controlled substance,” used in animal euthanasia that is toxic to animals even in small quantities. According to Mr. Roupe pentobarbital can cause the following illness to dogs:
- Excessive salivation
- Changes in stool
- Decreased appetite
- Unusual eye movements
- Unusual vocalizations
- Difficulty walking
Mr. Roupe states that alleges that Big Heart Pet Brands Inc. did not take appropriate steps to ensure that pentobarbital was not present in its dog foods, and states that according to state and federal laws, “pet food manufacturers are responsible for taking appropriate steps to ensure that the food they produce is safe for consumption.”
The Gravy Train Canned Dog Food is Poisonous to Pets Class Action Lawsuit is entitled Thomas Roupe v. Big Heart Pet Brands Inc. and is under review in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Fransisco Division.