Missouri woman blames dog food for schnauzer's death

FENTON, Missouri (WABC) -- A woman is mourning the loss of her miniature schnauzer, Baby, which died after she said he ate tainted dog food.

"Words can't even describe what I'm going through," said Rossie Judd, the dog's owner.

Judd blames the dog's death on Gravy Train wet dog food. She says the dog's health deteriorated after he ate the food in October.

Judd took Baby to the veterinarian, who thought the schnauzer had been poisoned.

The J.M. Smucker Company, which makes the dog food, issued a recall notice in February due to traces of pentobarbital found in Gravy Train dog food. Pentobarbital is commonly used to euthanize animals.

The voluntary recall includes specific shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol' Roy and Skippy canned dog food.

Baby died in December, and after Judd complained to the company (prior to the recall), she received a letter and a coupon.

"I was appalled by it," she said. "I was so appalled."

The Food and Drug Administration has launched an investigation.

"I lost a friend," Judd said. "I lost a friend, and I'll never forgive myself that I was a part of the cause of it."

JM Smucker released a statement saying the contamination was traced to a single supplier at one manufacturing facility. Customers who already purchased the products can call the company for a refund or replacement product.

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