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Recall expanded to some dry cat food
Boston Globe/AP ^ | March 30, 2007

Posted on 03/30/2007 6:19:26 PM PDT by nuconvert

Recall expanded to some dry cat food

By Andrew Bridges, Associated Press Writer

March 30, 2007

WASHINGTON --Federal testing of recalled pet foods turned up a chemical used to make plastics but failed to confirm the presence of a cancer drug also used as rat poison. The recall expanded Friday to include the first dry pet food.

The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it found melamine in samples of the Menu Foods pet food involved in the original recall and in imported wheat gluten used as an ingredient in the company's wet-style products. Cornell University scientists also found melamine in the urine of sick cats, as well as in the kidney of one cat that died after eating some of the recalled food.

Meanwhile, Hill's Pet Nutrition recalled its Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry cat food. The food included wheat gluten from the same supplier that Menu Foods used. The recall didn't involve any other Prescription Diet or Science Diet products, said the company, a division of Colgate-Palmolive Co.

FDA was working to rule out the possibility that the contaminated wheat gluten could have made it into any human food. However, melamine is toxic only in high doses, experts said, leaving its role in the pet deaths unclear.

Menu Foods recalled 60 million containers of cat and dog food, sold throughout North America under nearly 100 brands, earlier this month after animals died of kidney failure after eating the Canadian company's products. It is not clear how many pets may have been poisoned by the apparently contaminated food, although anecdotal reports suggest hundreds if not thousands have died. The FDA alone has received more than 8,000 complaints; the company, more than 300,000.

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KEYWORDS: cat; catfood; melamine; petfood
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1 posted on 03/30/2007 6:19:29 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nnn0jeh

ping


2 posted on 03/30/2007 6:21:07 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: nuconvert

Mine have always eaten Purina


3 posted on 03/30/2007 6:22:17 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there are bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: nuconvert

Mine too! Never heard about anything like this ever happening to Purina, either.


4 posted on 03/30/2007 6:26:51 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel ("...Mindless pack of trained Maoist circus seals."-www.iowahwk.typepad.com)
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To: nuconvert
This is huge, prayers to those who lost pets or had to take the sick dog/cat to the vet to get healthy again.
Hope that Menu Foods pays for the Vet Bills and the like.
5 posted on 03/30/2007 6:30:17 PM PDT by yield 2 the right
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To: nuconvert

thanks, bfl


6 posted on 03/30/2007 6:32:24 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: nuconvert
Mine have always eaten Purina

Purina has recalled only one type of its dog food products. This is an excerpt from their website.

Menu Foods initiated a recall of the dog and cat food manufactured in its "cuts and gravy" format between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007.

The 5.3-ounce Mighty Dog pouch products are the only cuts & gravy product manufactured for Purina at Menu Foods, and as a precautionary measure, we have decided to voluntarily withdraw this product.

No other Purina products -- including Mighty Dog canned products, Purina dog products and Purina cat products -- are affected by Menu's recall.


7 posted on 03/30/2007 6:34:43 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: DumpsterDiver

Here we have the myth of many brands with one producer. I really wonder if there is any difference between the brands, other than packaging.


8 posted on 03/30/2007 6:38:34 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: nuconvert

Notice how they say imported wheat but don't say where it came from? From I have heard, the wheat came from China.


9 posted on 03/30/2007 6:40:57 PM PDT by RC2
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To: nuconvert; All

yapyapyapyapyap,yorkie bump...;0)


10 posted on 03/30/2007 6:43:12 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: DumpsterDiver

Yup. Thanks.


11 posted on 03/30/2007 6:44:37 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there are bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

And I thought only my Yorkie yapped. Silly me.


12 posted on 03/30/2007 6:46:37 PM PDT by 76Tiger
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
Never heard about anything like this ever happening to Purina, either.

See Post 7. Purina recalled one of their types of Mighty Dog as a precaution.

13 posted on 03/30/2007 6:54:34 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: aimhigh
I really wonder if there is any difference between the brands, other than packaging.

I don't know what to think any more. My cats eat Friskie's canned cat food (with gravy) and some cheapo store brand of dry food. So far, so good.

14 posted on 03/30/2007 6:59:27 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: nuconvert
Hill's Pet Nutrition recalled its Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry cat food.

Whoa, I just bought some of that today. I think it's still in the van!

I'll take it back to the vet's on Monday and exchange it for a different brand.

15 posted on 03/30/2007 7:07:33 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm." ~ Calvin Coolidge)
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To: nuconvert

We feed ours Purina too. Before I met Mrs Bear they got Iams. They had better thank her!

When are they going too release a list of the foods that are NOT effected?


16 posted on 03/30/2007 7:08:26 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: DumpsterDiver

Ours get purina dry and 9 lives wet.


17 posted on 03/30/2007 7:10:05 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: 76Tiger

Should say : yapbiteyapbiteyapbitey...LOL;0)
(Harley is very Baad Bitey,,,4mo.old)pic on my page...


18 posted on 03/30/2007 7:12:21 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: nuconvert

my yorkie's been sick the last couple of days, not eating, lethargic, vomiting. But, he hasn't eaten anything from the list. Going to call the vet tomorrow. Hopefully, not related and only a little dog virus.


19 posted on 03/30/2007 7:19:18 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: nuconvert
Melamine is supposed to be toxic, at least according to Home Depot. When I worked there, we were not allowed to cut sheets of it due to the dust. I have no idea why they made this decision.

But the debate over the toxin, and the concentration involved, reinforces my belief that the problem is biologic. If some poison got into the wheat, it would contaminate some products, then the poison would be diluted as more food was processed through the line. Unless someone continued to put the poison in the food, it would quickly go away. The first few batches of food would have lethal doses of poison, but as the food passed over the poison, it would take the poison with it.

This story involves thousands, or tens of thousands, of animals. Only something that can reproduce could contaminate that much food.

20 posted on 03/30/2007 7:20:41 PM PDT by sig226 (see my profile for the democrat culture of corruption)
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To: aimhigh

My cat thinks there's a difference and interestingly she prefers the cheapest dry food. Does better on it too - 1/10th of the throwing up - doesn't whine and complain all the time. She definitely can tell the difference.


21 posted on 03/30/2007 7:22:31 PM PDT by Let's Roll ("the left is rearranging the beach to make sure the tsunami comes in as unimpeded as possible." -)
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To: HollyB

Boy, that doesn't sound good.


22 posted on 03/30/2007 7:28:00 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there are bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: vetvetdoug

ping


23 posted on 03/30/2007 7:30:55 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: sig226
At Home Depot, the Melamine is a melamine-formaldehyde polymer.

In some countries they use melamine monomer as a fertilizer- six nitrogen, three carbons and six hydrogens, a good source of nitrogen.

In the US we use ammonium nitrate, but some countries don't trust their citizens with stuff like that (we make about 6 million tons a year and so far only Karl Armstrong and Tim McVeigh have misbehaved).

China has been known to use melamine as a fertilizer and sometimes as a sort of pesticide.

Point is, melamine plastic and melamine monomer are different.

I think that some bags of fertilizer got mixed with bags of wheat and processed, or a tank car was used for fertilizer then wheat without cleaning.

24 posted on 03/30/2007 7:38:34 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: HollyB

I guess there's something to be said for feeding your pet table scraps after all.


25 posted on 03/30/2007 7:43:58 PM PDT by basil
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To: HollyB
HollyB, make sure you get him to at least drink water. If he is a tiny yorkie, you may need to get him some pedialyte or nutrical. They can get hypoglysemic fast. DO call the vet and get him checked as soon as possible. They also can get dehydrated easily and fast!

I had my two yorkies and pom at the vets today for bloodwork--kidney tests. They were eating the recalled food. I hope and pray their bloodwork comes back ok. Now it's homecooking for them--no more store bought again. And I'm saving my darn vet bills....

26 posted on 03/30/2007 7:53:09 PM PDT by arbee4bush (Our Airman Daughter KB4W--Hero, Patriot and the Love of her mom & dads life!)
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To: DumpsterDiver

I don't know what to think either.

They say not to feed them stuff with gluten and corn products (?) so what is left?


27 posted on 03/30/2007 7:55:43 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (Joilet girl)
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To: nuconvert

Notice its those "upscale" or "more sophisticated diet" types with this recall? My cats and dog (who thinks she's a cat too) always loved the el-cheapo, generic pet food brands and have few digestive problems too.

The last time (a few years ago) i tried a special diet stuff, IAMS, they all had the runs and major house clean up was in order.

BTW>>>With dry pet foods, throw it in the freezer for 24 hours after buying it, that kills tiny bugs that get in there in shipment or in warehouses.


28 posted on 03/30/2007 7:57:56 PM PDT by TheBethsterNH
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To: HollyB
My Pom/Pek mix has been vomiting and not eating the last couple of days but not lethargic. Still a killer. Wish I could figure out what is wrong- she hasn't eaten any of the affected brands.

Here's hoping we get our pups healthy.

29 posted on 03/30/2007 8:14:26 PM PDT by RushCrush ($5M raised by The Gap RED campaign, $100M spent on marketing for RED campaign. Don't buy RED stuff!)
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To: TheBethsterNH

Actually, that Menu Foods company makes almost all the cat food for the "el cheapo" brands. I think I read 100 brands


30 posted on 03/30/2007 8:15:35 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there are bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: arbee4bush

Keep me posted on your pets, I sincerely hope they are okay. Big Pom fan here :) I have a Pom/Pek mix who is my soul mate.


31 posted on 03/30/2007 8:15:43 PM PDT by RushCrush ($5M raised by The Gap RED campaign, $100M spent on marketing for RED campaign. Don't buy RED stuff!)
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To: RC2
From I have heard, the wheat came from China.

I heard that too. Suffice it to say a bunch of very dear pets have died due to damned globalization.

32 posted on 03/30/2007 8:27:04 PM PDT by upchuck (A living, breathing example of the Peter Principle. Oh, forgetful, too :)
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To: upchuck

Yes...that is the reason why freezing dry food for 24 hours after bringing it home, there are bugs in it that also thrive in flour products while in storage or shipment...its the same bug critters that get in the pet food and flour products. My vet told me this years ago, I have not had problems since...so far no problems with my critters, with this "new" illness' either.


33 posted on 03/30/2007 8:34:27 PM PDT by TheBethsterNH
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To: HollyB

Holly
My daughters ourside cat died last week.
A friend's dog died last week.
This is in York County Pa.
I wonder how many pets have died?
There is no place to report when your pets died is there?


34 posted on 03/30/2007 8:37:29 PM PDT by FranApple (God Bless President G. W. Bush and Lord Help America to Unite in 2007, God Protect our Troops)
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To: sig226; nuconvert; aimhigh; 76Tiger; DumpsterDiver; Grizzled Bear; Tax-chick; WestVirginiaRebel; ...
"...Melamine is supposed to be toxic, at least according to Home Depot. When I worked there, we were not allowed to cut sheets of it due to the dust. I have no idea why they made this decision..."

Stand Back! I, gonzo, am a Certified Plastics Engineer, and I shall assuage your fears!

Melamine, or melamine-formaldehyde, or urea-formaldehyde - lotsa names here, because, well, it's real name has been sorta fudged over many year - is a thermoset plastic. That means you heat a pot of chemicals up, shape it like you want it, keep heating it until it's hard, and then cool it and use it. If you made a cup out of it, you got a cup! Have some coffee!

It is not toxic (remember the coffee?), but it does kinda stink when it's cut with a power saw. It's a speed/abrasion thing that breaks down the polymer chains, liberating some gas, like formaldehyde and others.

BTW, cups, saucers, bowls, and plates are made from the stuff. They called it 'Melmac'(Melmac-melamine: get it?), and it was once very popular as durable, non-rusting, outdoor, tableware. Some other uses are floor tiles, countertop covering (Formica-formaldehyde: pretty neat, huh?), and lots of other really handy stuff. Cheap Inexpensive, too (I HATE the word 'cheap' when it comes to plastics).

"How is it made, you ask?" Well, they take a bunch of chemicals, mostly liquids, put them in a big tank, and ... ah ... they just cook it, OK?

"Where do they get the chemicals, you ask?" Now, it gets interesting!

A dairy cow produces milk. It's a living machine that we feed grass and stuff to, and it makes gallons of milk! It also makes fecal matter which we use to describe dimocRATS, and in fact, they're the same thing! Then we call it fertilizer.

The cow also makes gallons of urine just standing there, while we're using the milk and poop. That 'urine' is a veritable cornucopia of hydrocarbon chemical compounds just waiting to be processed into something else.

Yes, that's right, boys and girls - Melamine, Melmac, Formica, etc., are all potentially made out of cow-piss! They can be made out of other things, but there's a lot of cow pee available out there, and if you really believe in recycling, this shouldn't bother you at all.

Now have a nice day ................... FRegards

PS: I have been waiting to tell that story for 30 years ...

35 posted on 03/30/2007 9:10:17 PM PDT by gonzo (I'm not confused anymore. Now I'm sure we have to completely destroy Islam, and FAST!!)
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To: Matchett-PI; M Kehoe; Jim Robinson; oldglory; mcmuffin; Bob Ireland; HardStarboard; Tolik; FARS; ...

Ping # 35 ................ FRegards


36 posted on 03/30/2007 9:15:04 PM PDT by gonzo (I'm not confused anymore. Now I'm sure we have to completely destroy Islam, and FAST!!)
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Ping # 35 ................ FRegards


37 posted on 03/30/2007 9:16:14 PM PDT by gonzo (I'm not confused anymore. Now I'm sure we have to completely destroy Islam, and FAST!!)
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To: gonzo

You telling me that some of my dishes are made out of cow piss? Uuhg!


38 posted on 03/30/2007 9:18:23 PM PDT by streetpreacher (What if you're wrong?)
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To: aimhigh

Yes, surprisingly enough, there is a difference. Menu Foods essentially provides the hardware that is difficult to find. But each company will provide their unique recipe and sign non-disclosure/confidentiality agreements with the company producing the end product.

Now some ingredients are consistent throughout many foods irregardless of the recipe, such as taurine for cat foods, and there are limited suppliers to go to.


39 posted on 03/30/2007 9:22:02 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: nuconvert; All

I lost my favorite cat to this just last month, and he was the most affectionate one I ever had. It was obvious he'd ingested a nerve toxin, but I didn't know until now what could have happened. The culprit? IAMS brand canned catfood.


40 posted on 03/30/2007 9:35:05 PM PDT by FreeKeys ("Once Hillary is elected she will create a new form of secret police."- Dick Morris (her ex-employee)
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To: streetpreacher
"...You telling me that some of my dishes are made out of cow piss? Uuhg!..."

No no no ... they're made out of plastic! Good, durable, non-rusting plastic! It's good stuff, and economical, too!

The plastic is made out of cow-piss ............... FRegards

41 posted on 03/30/2007 9:39:23 PM PDT by gonzo (I'm not confused anymore. Now I'm sure we have to completely destroy Islam, and FAST!!)
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To: FranApple

That is so sad FranApple. I'm so sorry. We give our pets our hearts and when we loose them, it is really hard. Was your cat sick for a while, can you tell me what happened, such as the food she ate and how long she was sick? I am only getting vague information with a list of symptoms from the media, but nothing very clear. If you don't want to discuss it, I understand.

I have not seen a place to report pet deaths, but I am sure there will be one out there soon. I'll let you know if I come across a website with this information. It would be a sad one to read.


42 posted on 03/30/2007 10:04:06 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: HollyB

my yorkie's been sick the last couple of days, not eating, lethargic, vomiting. But, he hasn't eaten anything from the list. Going to call the vet tomorrow. Hopefully, not related and only a little dog virus.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Harley sends Him a "Git Well Lick",,,he had a reaction
to his shots this week and was sick,,,back to the vet for another shot,,,vet said : "boiled chickin' breast-n-Rice,,,
no skin/juice/bones",,,tearin' up the house again...
Hope your puppy gets better reeel soon,,,Prayers Up...
try to give him some cooked rice a little at a time...;0)


43 posted on 03/30/2007 10:05:11 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: gonzo

TANKS for the info...


44 posted on 03/30/2007 10:07:32 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: RushCrush

It sounds like both of our dogs have not eaten the listed brands and are both sick. I am wondering if the list will continue to grow. I hope not. I hope it is just a coincidence.

I hope your little dog will feel better soon. Let me know how things go.


45 posted on 03/30/2007 10:10:21 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

Harley is a cutie pie! Thanks for the heads-up on the food tips. I hope a good home made meal will get his attention. : )


46 posted on 03/30/2007 10:14:07 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: HollyB

LOL,,,TANKS,,,He is a "handfull",,,did I mention I have new leather gloves ??,,,trim his nails,,,brush him,,,,
put him in the bath-tub,,,anything else he don't like,,,
He Bites!!! OUCH !! Sounds like a lil'tiny Chainsaw,grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...LOL,,,


47 posted on 03/30/2007 10:34:26 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: gonzo
I always wondered what that strange taste was when I poured hot coffee into a plastic cup ONCE and drank it

I prefer the taste of coffee without the piss-pour (piss-rich?) taste of the plastic.

Styrofoam, cardboard, ceramic all work for me.

Thanks for the excellent scientific explanation!

48 posted on 03/31/2007 12:00:43 AM PDT by Syncro
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To: aimhigh
Here we have the myth of many brands with one producer. I really wonder if there is any difference between the brands, other than packaging

Exactly what I was thinking. I'm tempted to start cooking for my dogs til this is cleared up, who knows what one will be pulled next!!

49 posted on 03/31/2007 12:37:53 AM PDT by blondee123
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To: FranApple
There is no place to report when your pets died is there?

Saw this site on Fox news today, they are saying this is the only site they know of where people are reporting the deaths & it is a much higher number than MSM is reporting.

http://www.petconnection.com/

50 posted on 03/31/2007 12:42:24 AM PDT by blondee123
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