NORTH PORT, Fla. (WFLA) – For Kelly Bone, grief is almost too much to bear.
She doesn't think about it often. Her heart is too devastated, the tears begin to fall as she talks about a sore subject.
Losing his little guy, Duncan.
Kelly says her gentle puppy died a painful death recently when the kidneys failed.
She claims he suffered in the end.
This North Port pet parent is still shocked and sick, she says when thinking of what allegedly took her life.
"He was the love of my life," Kelly said in an exclusive interview Friday night. "We spent every moment together."
Their ties were unmistakable.
He was actually the love of her life, and as it turns out, she saved her life many times by notifying her of attacks. Her 1
For Kelly, Duncan was a family member, a protector, a guardian. Then he was gone.
Her constant, faithful companion died in January, leaving Kelly beyond heart failure and finally confused.
Duncan was healthy. He was active. He was extremely playful and got a lot of exercise. He was extremely good-natured and loved to be around people
Not to mention, Kelly looked at him as a hawk.
They were inseparable.
So, what went wrong?
How did this happen, she wondered.
After extensive research, food intake analysis, countless discussions with dieticians, veterinarians, family, friends and other pet parents, Kelly narrowed down to a conclusion.
She did not like what she uncovered,
Kelly maintains Duncan's dog food is what killed him.
The food was produced by Hills Pet Nutrition and, according to Kelly, contained very toxic levels of vitamin D.
It was not only dangerous, she told us it was fatal.
Duncan's food would soon be included in a sweeping global recall issued by the company at the end of January, and its canned dog food was among the affected products.
Reason for recall
Elevated levels of vitamin D were found.
Duncan's dog food, concluded Kelly, cost him his life.
When the January recall was issued, shock and dismay were felt around the world.
Dyreiere in 26 countries claim that they saw their animals die and could not figure out why it happened.
Many now say that tainted dog food is to blame – food from one of the most famous popular brands.
Kelly told us that Hill has admitted that they had a third party supplier that puts too much vitamin D in their food. They did not have proper quality control in place to test that food. "
Hills Pet Nutrition admitted that the food was wrong.
The company issued the following statement to the WFLA and said in part:" Our investigation confirmed that, due to a supplier error, a certified ingredient was sent to Hills containing elevated levels of vitamin D. We now require the supplier of our vitamin blend to carry out further testing on each batch. "
Kelly says the company contacted her after Duncan's death to discuss the circumstances.
She explained how Hills offered her $ 10 in coupons." "Coupons," she exclaimed. She was incredible. "For a dog I have no longer! "
It was late January
Now it's happened again.
Another massive recall was announced by Hills Pet Nutrition – an extension of an original recall in January, caused by the same vitamin blend received from a US supplier
The following products were added to the original recall:
- Hills Prescription Diet k / d Kidney Care with Lamb Concert Dog Food, 13 oz., 12-pack, SKU 2697, Computer Code / Lot Code 102020T25  Hills Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight Chicken & Green Entree Dog Food 12×12.8 oz. Boxes, SKU 2975, Data Code / Lotcode 092020T28
- Hills Prescription Diet c / d Multicare Urine Care Chicken and Vegetable Stew hermetically rt dog food, 5.5 oz., 24-pack, SKU 3388, Data code / Lotcode 102020T18
- ] Hills Prescription Diet I / D Low fat Dog rice, Vegetable & Chicken step, 24×5.5 oz. boxer, SKU 3391 Data code / Lotcode 092020T27
- Hills Prescription Diet r / d Canine 12×12.3 oz. boxes 7014, date codes / lot codes 092020T28, 102020T27, 102020T28
- Hills Science Diet Adults Beef & Barley Entree canned dog food, 13 oz., 12-pack, SKU 7039, Date codes / Lot codes 092020T31, 102020T21  Hills Science Diet Adult 7 + Healthy kitchen Toasted chicken, carrots and spinach Stew dog food, 12×12.5 oz. boxes, SKU 10449, Data code / Lot code 092020T28
- Hills Science diet Healthy kitchen Adult Braised Beef, Carrots and peas Stewcanned Dog Food, 12.5 oz., 12-pack, SKU 10451, Data code / Item number 102020T28
] Full list of recalled products
The products were sold nationwide.
Elevated levels of vitamin D in dogs can cause vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. In some cases, it can lead to potentially life-threatening health problems in dogs, including kidney dysfunction.
Two massive pet food recalls in less than two months.
When the recall was announced this week, Kelly couldn't believe it.
She said, "This company must be turned off, they don't deserve to be in business!"
Duncan's owner felt the heartache again. She was horrified, angry, and filled with sorrow.
So a moment of calm.
The sweet, fluffy face.
Kelly's heart swelled with warmth and purpose.
Her favorite trap needed her.
Those pictures about seeing their little guy laughing in glasses or "dogs" as they are called.
She reminds herself reminded. Don't give up, keep fighting for Duncan.
Then she did.
And she hasn't stopped.
Friday night when she shared Duncan's story, she was filled with emotions and wiped away tears. She sighed and shook her head.
"We have to be their voice. People owe it to their pet to examine their pet food. And be the pet's lawyer because the pet can't do it himself," she told us.
And it's spoken.
Kelly hopes her message will be global.
Appears it has.
People are listening.
And emailing this North Port pet parents non-stop
Kelly has received thousands of messages from around the world.
It all began weeks ago with a post on her Facebook page – a message to his sweet boy, "Duncan, I Sorry, I trusted this company. Mom loves you."
The world listened.
After Kelly shared Duncan's games online, she was shocked by what happened next.
Her post was viral.
] Duncan's history has been shared more than a million times.
The response has been both overwhelming and comforting. Countless people have contacted Kelly with cordial condolences.
It has also been those who seek comfort, those who know firsthand, what kind of grief Kelly goes through daily.
Animal owners reached out to say they also lost their beloved four-legged family members, citing Hills Nutrition as guilty after their January recall of food containing dangerous D vitamins.
When the WFLA asked the Hills for the Kelly case, the company talked about Duncan:
First and foremost First of all, we are heartfelt about this situation, which involves a limited amount of our canned dog food, and we takes it very seriously. As a pet parent, we understand the severity of health problems with our pets.
Our study confirmed that a certified ingredient was sent to Hills that contained elevated levels of vitamin D outside of specifications due to a supplier failure. The vitamin blend formula is not an ingredient in any of our dry foods. No dry food, treats or other wet foods are affected by this recall.
To prevent this from happening again, we now require the supplier of our vitamin blend to carry out additional quality testing on each part of this ingredient delivered to the Hills. In addition, we also strengthen our own test protocol for incoming ingredients as an added security.
Hills Nutrition also provided a link so that customers could check specific types of pet food that were affected.
For Kelly, she remains heartbreaking, but firm in her efforts.
Get "justice for Duncan, she said to us.
She even has a hashtag for him.
" I don't want to stop fighting. I'm on Facebook every day, responding to messages. Thousands of them. have called me Erin Brockovich of pet food, "she smiled." I guess. I just want to be Duncan's voice and the voice of other pets since they can't speak for themselves. "
She added," I don't give advice, I only encourage animal education. We must be good advocates for our pets, "she explained." Duncan was my baby, he was the love of my life. I will continue to fight for him. "
Kelly has since filed a lawsuit and is represented by a corporate company out of Chicago.
For more information on the two memories, Hill's Pet Nutrition can be contacted through this. free number 1-800-445-5777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.