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Flossmoor Family Says Jerky Treats Killed Dog

What happened to 6-year-old Candy? The silky terrier's owners are convinced treats killed their furry family member.

Credit: Screenshot of ABC7 footage
Credit: Screenshot of ABC7 footage
A Flossmoor family is grieving the loss of a beloved family pet, who they say died from ingesting questionable jerky treats. 

Barry and Jasmine Johnson told ABC7 their 6-year-old silky terrier Candy was her lively self, until about a week after they had been feeding her Waggin Train Chicken Jerky Tenders. Their healthy Candy took a strange turn, they said, sick with lethargy and frequent urination. 

Then last week, their hearts broke as the dog's eyes began to glaze over, and "next thing you know, she's gone," Jasmine Johnson told ABC7. 

The vet was unable to determine a cause of death. 

The Johnson family's case is one of 5,000 related to the treats, with owners reporting dogs' stomach and kidney issues to the Food and Drug Administration. Roughly 1,000 dogs have died from their symptoms, according to the report.  

The agency has not determined a cause of the illness, and the treats are currently under investigation. 

But the Johnson family is confident the treats contributed to their Candy's untimely passing.

"A 6-year-old healthy, vibrant dog ... just doesn't die," Barry Johnson told the reporter.

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Katie Bandy Kwasniak May 20, 2014 at 09:45 AM
So sad...i'm sorry for their loss.
Brandon May 20, 2014 at 01:21 PM
We should band some of the junk coming from China!!! Sorry to hear of your lost.
WorriedParent May 20, 2014 at 03:25 PM
Its sad, but for all consumers do not buy anything from China for your pets. My dog became ill (diarrhea) after giving her pressed rawhide (from China) and was told by my vet that products made out of the country can use Formaldehyde for shipping. There are 3 brands under investigation with the FDA: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/chicken-jerky-treats-suspects/
Peggy S. Bates Miller May 20, 2014 at 03:27 PM
My sweet Petey passed away May 21st of last year. Tomorrow will mark one year. He was 8 years old and very active. Petey was a Blue Healer. I also fed him the jerky treats and he had all those symptoms.
WorriedParent May 20, 2014 at 06:40 PM
Just released, Petco is pulling these treats off their shelves...Yeah! http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/260007231.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_CHBrand

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