Hudson Valley Woman Suing Dog Food Company For Making Her Dog Fat
A local woman is blaming her dog's obesity on Blue Buffalo dog food.
Shannon Walton from Hopewell Junction says that the dog food company is responsible for turning her dog, Tucker, into a fat pig. According to the NY Daily News, the Dutchess County woman says that her Labrador-beagle mix has been diagnosed with canine obesity and diabetes.
Walton blames Tucker's diet of “Blue Wilderness” dog food for the sudden weight gain. According to the lawsuit, Walton purchased the food because it was advertised as being "inspired by the diet of wolves." After the dog began to put on the pounds, Walton looked into the ingredients and was shocked to find out that it was full of unhealthy ingredients.
The lawsuit claims that Blue Buffalo was deceptive in their advertising because the food contains "high levels of dietary carbohydrates, which are neither healthy for dogs nor a meaningful part of the diet of grey wolves."
The Hopewell Junction woman is seeking a class-action lawsuit which she says could reach over $5 million. The Daily News was unable to obtain a comment from Blue Buffalo about the suit.
A 2016 Cambridge University study claims that Labradors are genetically predisposed to obesity. The research showed that a "gluttony" gene found in the breed makes them prone to eating more and gaining weight.
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