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Sickening: Are wholesome Waggin Train treats hurting pets?

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More healthy dogs are getting seriously sick -- some are even dying.

And the one thing they have in common are "dog treats!" Waggin Train treats and their owners are convinced they're poison.

When Tigger, the furriest member of the Feldt family, started getting sick his owners thought his illness might be related to Waggin Train dog treats. The Feldt's made the connection after seeing a story on 19 Action News about Chauncey the Pug -- who's kidneys gave out. His death is linked to Waggin Train Chicken Jerky Dog Treats made in China.

"You find out what you thought were giving as a treat was poison! Its not right," said Marcy Feldt.
 
Tigger bounced back but lost 40% of his kidney function.

The Safranek's pet, Little Samson, was not so lucky.
 
"He was our everything," said Terry Safranek.
 
All they have left to remember him by is an empty bed and an unused leash.
 
The Safranek's saw our story with Chauncey's owners too.
 
"It's the same thing! She's holding the exact same bag!" Terry Safranek said.

When Samson hadn't eaten for 9 days and threw up too many times to count, Terry thought...
 
"You don't kill your dog by giving him good treats!" said Terry Safranek. "He was healthy and energetic. It was like a snowball effect it happened so fast."
 
Even though the FDA has issued a warning about the link between the chicken jerky and serious illness in dogs -- our cameras found the same Waggin Train dog treats still on the shelves where the Safranek's bought theirs and the Waggin Train phone message explains why....
 
WAGGIN TRAIN MESSAGE: "Extensive testing by the FDA has not uncovered a contaminant or specific ingredient as the cause of any illness."
 
The Waggin Train Dog Treats Facebook page says "Pet owners and their pets have a commitment to taking care of each other and customers can count on chicken jerkytreats made only from wholesome ingredients."
 

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