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Shoppers Petition For Dog Treats Be Removed From Shelves

More than 60,000 consumers are petitioning Wal-Mart and several other mass retailers to pull all chicken jerky dog treats imported from China and thought to be linked to illness and death in nearly 2,200 dogs.

The petition appears on Change.org and was started by Rita Desollar, whose German Shepherd died five days after eating two dog treats purchased at a Walgreens in Pekin, Ill.

"I knew nothing of the dangers of chicken jerky treats from China when I bought the package of Waggin' Train dog treats at my local Walgreens in Pekin, Il as a special treat for my sweet and happy German Shepherd, Heidi. There were no warning on the package nor was there any warning posted on the shelf where I found them," said Desollar on the Change.org petition.

Chicken jerky dog treats imported from China are under investigation by the Food and Drug Administration after receiving reports of 360 canine deaths and one feline death over the past 18 months. To date, scientists have not been able to determine a precise cause for the illnesses and no products have been recalled.

A statement on Desollar's Change.org petition reads, "Please be the store that we, your loyal customers, can trust. Please protect us, your customers, our families and our pets. We want to feel safe shopping with you. Please show us we can trust you by removing these dangerous jerky treats made in China from your shelves."

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