WYNNE, AR -- Pet owners fear the worst these days after pet food giant "Menu Foods" says a group of their products can cause deadly kidney failure. One Region 8 pet owner is now dealing with the loss of his dog after feeding the animal the tainted food.
Rocky was a 6 year old cocker spaniel. Since he was six weeks old, Bryan Boone and his wife Kimberly have raised him and 2 other cocker spaniels. But 2 weeks ago, Rocky's health quickly took a turn for the worse.
"He was healthy and then just all of a sudden he went down and he went down fast and we didn't know why," says Bryan Boone.
At the time, the Boone's or the vets that were treating Rocky didn't know of the pet food recall. He was diagnosed with kidney failure from 2 veterinarians just before Menu Foods announced the major pet food recall to the public.
"We were scratching our heads thinking why is a 6 year old dog that's been healthy most of his life suddenly in kidney failure. We didn't have any idea," says Boone.
Rocky was hospitalized last Thursday and placed on an I.V. It wasn't until Friday that Bryan learned about the pet food recall and quickly realized that Rocky had been eating the Ol' Roy wet dog food that was on the recall list.
"I felt like it was my fault. I'm trying to get him to eat anything he'll eat and I'm giving him poisoned food is what I felt like. I mean I've killed my own dog," says Boone.
Rocky stayed at the vet throughout the weekend, but it was too late to save him.
"They called at 7:30 Monday morning and the first thing they told me is Rocky died," says Boone.
"The doctor came out and he said you know if he got a hold of any of that food. I said yes sir he did and he said well, it took him out," says Boone.
Now, the Boone's are left without rocky; in his place, a feeling of guilt.
"It's a hard pill to swallow when all you're trying to do is feed your dog and take care of it," adds Boone.
The Boone's have consulted with an attorney and they are planning on pursuing legal action against Menu Foods.
If you're worried about your pet's food, click on the link below for a list of the Menu Foods pet food recalls.