Elanco Animal Health is under fire in a lawsuit after two dogs suffered health problems after using their Seresto flea and tick collars.
Two pet owners recently decided to sue Elanco Animal Health after their dogs experienced health problems after using Seresto flea and tick collars. Unfortunately, one of the dogs even died. The class action lawsuit was filed in the US District Court of California in Los Angeles earlier this week, alleging the company had “misrepresented the safety of the product.”
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It is important to note that the lawsuit was filed just days after Elanco reported a “Subcommittee of Congress to Voluntarily Recall Flea and Tick Collars,” conducted by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, and “thousands of incident reports Human damage related to the collar discovered via pets and animals. “Despite the report, Elanco declined to remember the collars.
According to Spencer Sheehan, a consumer liability attorney in New York, this latest class action lawsuit is likely the first of many. Sheehan has filed class action lawsuits in the past and is part of the team that represents the plaintiffs.
What causes the diseases in dogs? Is there something wrong with the collar? Well, according to the lawsuit, the Seresto has “two active pesticide ingredients in its collars: imidacloprid and flumethrin.” One of the plaintiffs in the latest lawsuit is Faye Hemsley of Pennsylvania. According to her, she bought a Seresto pet collar for Tigger Shadow, her 13-year-old terrier mix, back in January 2020. While he was fine at his annual vet check-up on February 19, he died suddenly five days later.
Faye Hemsley of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania claims in the suit that she purchased a Seresto pet collar for her 13-year-old terrier mix named Tigger Shadow in January 2020. Tigger was fine at an annual veterinary check-up on February 19, but died suddenly five days later. The other plaintiff, Aitana Vargas from Los Angeles, picked up one of the Seresto collars for her Siberian Husky Lolita in March 2020 and November 2020. Two months later, Lolita began to develop lumps on her neck near the site of the collar. After a visit to the vet, the 10-year-old dog was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo emergency surgery earlier this year to have the lumps removed.
The suit states:
“If plaintiffs had known that Seresto collar products would cause serious injury and / or death or increase the likelihood of serious injury and / or death, they would not have purchased them.”
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, more than 75,000 reports of “harm to pets and people associated with collar use” have been published since 2012 when the collar first hit the retail market. Of those reports, 1,698 pet deaths and 907 people were injured. The EPA is a federal agency responsible for regulating products that contain pesticides.
When Colleen Dekker, a spokeswoman for Elanco, responded to the lawsuit, she said the company had “investigated reports of incidents and deaths in which the pet collar was in place and nothing to suggest that the active ingredients in the collar were to blame . “
Class action lawsuit filed against Seresto flea and tick collar manufacturers
Pet owners are filing class action lawsuits over Seresto flea and tick collars