How Did a Euthanasia Drug Get into Pet Foods?

How Did a Euthanasia Drug Get into Pet Foods?

On New Year’s Eve 2016, Nicole and Guy Mael decided to celebrate with their five pugs by offering a special meal of Evanger’s “Hunk of Beef Au Jus” canned dog food. Within minutes after sharing the can of Evanger’s, all of the dogs were staggering and convulsing, and rushed to a nearby veterinary emergency clinic. Sadly, one of the pugs, Talula, died a few hours later. The owners sent the remainder of the food for analysis at Michigan State University Diagnostic Center and had a necropsy conducted on Talula. The owner said, “Nobody should have to go through what we went through.”  The results showed the euthanasia drug, pentobarbital, present.