CBS affiliate in Syracuse New York.

Sender’s Name: Liz Ayers
Sender’s Email: [email protected]


I am working on a story about Hartz flea drops…is there any way I can contact some of your letter writers and confirm their stories…perhaps there are some who would be willing to speak with me. My number is 315-477-4691. I work for the CBS affiliate in Syracuse New York.

E-mail from Chris Kirby


Josh, I found your site yesterday after my 10-year-old Dixie Kitty was poisoned by the Hartz Flea and Tick drops. She is going to be one of the lucky ones.

I have begun an e-mail campaign of my own, like a mad-man, especially after reading the letters that you received from Hartz Mountain.
Their attitude toward this issue really stews me a new one.
If we can’t stir them legally, then we (folks like us) have no exception but to boycott their products.
I’ve never been so serious about any product issues .. as I am now. They hurt a part of my family. My goal is to let it be known through my friends and family that their products are dangerous.

Thank you for the website.

Chris Kirby
Atlanta, GA


After having written two previous stories on losing my two and a half year old kitten… I have good and bad news. The good news is that there will be a story written in my local newspaper on my kitten’s death and how it happened, along with as much information as the reporter could gather on WHY this kitten died. The bad news is that it was Hartz Control One flea and tick treatment was used on my kitten and caused her death. Less than one hour after the treatment she died at the Animal Hospital. She went into seizures within an hour after I had given her the treatment. I rushed her immediately to the Hospital. Within twenty four hours she died. Contacts with Hartz has produced nothing. I sent the box that the viles came in along with one of the viles used. I kept one….just in case. After three weeks and a call from the reporter that is doing the story on my kittens death, Hartz said they hadn’t received the package, but I had a delivery confirmation put on the package and promptly called them and informed them that they did indeed receive what I had sent. When the reporter once again called Hartz to find out any further information they had on my case…the Hartz Veterinarian said that it wasn’t their product that was the case of her death, it was probably a stroke or a cardiovascular problem. At this present time I am about to have my kittens body exhumed and autopsied by my local vet and also intend to have the vile I kept (of the Hartz treatment) analyzed to see exactly what is in it for chemicals. I KNOW this product killed my cat and will go to any length I need to to prove it. Hartz…thus far (over four weeks) has not contacted me at all. I am doing my very best to fight a very big company and want others who have gone through terrible situations like this to do the same. At present I am also seeking legal representation regarding this situation and hope that I will have some impact on removing Hartz Flea and Tick treatmants from store shelves…and making the Hartz Corp. PAY for my and other’s loses. Thank you for reading this and I hope you will stand up for your and your pet’s rights!

Story for Los Angeles

Nicole Ullerich from Los Angeles’ CBS affiliate called me this evening. 
She is gathering information to run a story on Hartz Advanced Care Flea and Tick
Drops Plus.  She is wanting to interview someone in the L.A. area.  If
you are, or know a HartzVictim in southern California, please let
me know
ASAP.  Be sure to leave your name, phone number and e-mail


Recovered Hartz flea drops still available

From Austin’s News 8 Video included

1/8/2003 9:32 PM
By: Kelly Kyle

Nearly two months ago, Hartz Mountain Corporation agreed to temporarily stop shipping two popular flea and tick control products for cats after consumers complained the products were making their pets sick.

But you can still find the products on store shelves as retailers wait for the pesticides to be replaced with the same product, just a different label.

Most stores that sell Hartz Advanced Care Flea and Tick Drops or Once-a-Month Drops are running low. Since Nov. 19 Hartz has temporarily stopped shipping these two products to stores.

Hartz is required to recover, repackage and re-label all new stock. They were not required to recall the product already on store shelves.

“It’s not actually an issue about whether or not the product is safe because it is, it’s about the application of the product…and so because it is such a popular item, it’s something that customers count on regularly to be able to use on their pets, you’ll find that most places are continuing to sell it awaiting the new packaging to be issued,” said H-E-B spokeswoman Kate Brown.

That new packaging will include a more detailed precautionary label. One that specifies applying the product only at the base of the cat’s head to keep the cat from licking it off and perhaps becoming sick.

A two year long EPA investigation found thousands of cats had adverse reactions, some died, because of the way owners had been applying the pesticide.

Along with application changes to the label, Hartz is also required to provide consumers with educational brochures at the point of sale and these helpful pamphlets should be found anywhere in a sleeve next to the product.

But those familiar with the product advise caution with old or new packages alike.

Attorney Anthony Fozzolo has filed a class action lawsuit against Hartz, not from the labeling, but because of what’s in the product.

“I would think twice about using the products that out there you know all you need to do is go onto the Internet to see the number of stories of people who have had adverse incidents with it so I caution viewers to do your research and speak with your veterinarian before using the product,” said Anthony Vozzolo, attorney for Faruqi and Faruqi Law Firm in New York.

Officials from Hartz Mountain Corporation say the product is completely safe and that they’re confident these new enhancements will make good products even better.

EPA officials say they will be monitoring the products still on store shelves. They fear consumers won’t be aware of the new application instructions.

EPA encourages consumers to send back any old packaged product for a full refund.

Consumers should begin seeing newly labeled products on shelves beginning Jan. 18.

For more information about product returns, refunds and label improvements, contact Hartz Mountain Corporation at (800) 275-1414.

Report any adverse reaction from the product to the EPA by calling the National Pesticide Information Center at (800) 858-7378.

Recovered products

Reg. No. 2596-147: Control One-Spot for Cats 2.9% methoprene Registered 5/14/98

Reg. No. 2596-148: Advanced Care Flea and Tick Drops for Cats 85.7% D-phenothrin and 2.9% methoprene
Registered 12/10/98

Questions & Answers: Label Instructions Tightened on Flea & Tick Control Product

Please visit for more information.

Due to safety concerns stemming from use of two flea and tick control products for cats and kittens, EPA is announcing that the Hartz Mountain Corporation has agreed to enact measures to reduce potential risks to pets from using these products. EPA sought this agreement due to concerns over safety issues based on thousands of adverse effects incidents investigated by EPA. Under this agreement, Hartz will implement a product recovery, label improvement, and consumer education program for two pesticide products: Hartz Advanced Care Brand Flea and Tick Drops Plus for Cats and Kittens (EPA Reg. No. 2596-148) and Hartz Advanced Care Brand Once-a-Month Flea and Tick Drops for Cats and Kittens (EPA Reg. No. 2596-151). Hartz is required to recover, repackage, and re-label currently available stock. The relabeled products, which will start appearing on store shelves over the next several months, will include stronger precautionary statements and use directions. The following Questions and Answers have been developed in an effort to provide consumers with information about the actions being taken.

Today’s correspondence with News 8 Austin

The following is an e-mail cohrrespondence I had with the news director at News 8 Austin today.
I figured I’d tell them about my eBay auction to raise money for

A reporter called me tonight but said she wouldn’t be able to make it to
Temple (60 miles north of Austin) tonight or tomorrow. They sound really
excited about following up on the Hartz story. The news director said they
would like to air an update tomorrow. The reporter said they might try to
wait until I’m free next week so they can come up and do an interview.

—–Original Message—–
From: Josh Janicek
Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 1:15 PM
To: newsdesk; News 8 Contact
Subject: News 8 Story Idea Received – Hartz flea and tick update

NAME: Josh Janicek

Hartz flea and tick update
Hello –

In June of 2001, Doug Shupe (a News 8 reporter) interviewed my wife and me regarding a harmful affect that Hartz Advanced Care Plus Flea
and Tick drops had on our cat, Riley. This was our story:

Since then, I have created which currently resides at

I recently found an eBay auction where an eBayer is selling a picture of his cat looking at a computer moniter where Eminem’s house is up
for sale on eBay. The price of this auction (for a photograph) as of today is $2,147.00.

I’m selling a picture of our cat, Riley looking at our computer monitor. He is looking at the auction for the picture of the cat who is
looking at the auction for Eminem’s house.

It is my goal to make more money than the guy who is selling a picture of his cat. There are no bids as of yet. I have set this
particular auction to run for ten days.

Should I actually receive money from this auction, I want to hold a lottery via to donate money to people who have been
victims of Hartz Advanced Care Flea and Tick drops and/or have lost a pet.

I thought I would let News 8 know about this (as stupid as it may seem) as you guys helped Elise and me in telling our story.


Josh Janicek


Thanks for the tip. I’m not sure we’ll be able to do the ebay auction, but the web site is interesting. It also reminds me to
follow up on the Hartz story. Have you heard anything new from the company regarding your complaint?

Thanks for watching News 8 Austin.

{ name withheld }
News Director
News 8 Austin


—–Original Message—–
From: Josh Janicek
Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 1:37 PM
To: { name withheld }
Subject: RE: News 8 Story Idea Received – Hartz flea and tick update

{ name withheld }-

The last I heard from Hartz, they denied my “allegations” that their product almost killed our cat. Since then I have spoken with our
lawyer, Anthony Vozzolo and am waiting hear back on the class action suit that many of us are in on.

In the meantime, Hartz has decided to repackage the same junk…


I had NOT seen that recall. Thanks a lot for filling me in. We’ll be doing that story today or tomorrow! Would you be available to talk to

{ name withheld }


—–Original Message—–
From: Josh Janicek
Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 1:59 PM
To: { name withheld }
Subject: RE: News 8 Story Idea Received – Hartz flea and tick update

{ name withheld } –

I would not be available to talk via phone (I’m in Temple) until 6:00 p.m.

My phone number is 000-000-0000



How about tomorrow (Friday)?

{ name withheld }


—–Original Message—–
From: Josh Janicek
Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 3:41 PM
To: { name withheld }
Subject: RE: News 8 Story Idea Received – Hartz flea and tick update

The only good time for me tomorrow would also be at 6:00 p.m.


How about tonight?
{ name withheld }


Product Remains On Sale As EPA Reevaluates Its Safety

I just joined the CatLoversAgainstHartz group over at Yahoo! and found this read:

Via Jacksonville’s News 4

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Environmental Protection Agency is now investigating a product called Hartz Advanced Flea and Ticks Drops. 

Although it’s sold in many grocery stores, some cat owners say the product causes loss of appetite, and possibly forces the animal into debilitating seizures. 
A veterinarian told Channel 4 that the product should never have been allowed on the market. 

A cat name Kirby is unable to walk and can hardly stand. Her vet said she twitches from a seizure caused by toxic poisoning. 

They’re the same symptoms afflicting Lady — a 2-year-old Burmese. 

Morgan says Lady was perfectly healthy until he says he applied Hartz Advanced Flea and Tick drops for cats 10 pounds and under on Lady’s back. 

He says within hours his cat was nearly dead. 

“She was practically in a comatose state,” owner Chris Morgan said. “She had no energy, no enthusiasm. She wouldn’t walk, she wouldn’t eat.” 

“This is a condition we see in many, many cats that have had over-the-counter topical flea preparations applied to them,” Andrew Lawless told Channel 4 investigator Jennifer Waugh. 

Lawless says blood tests reveal Lady’s liver shows signs of toxicity — the same problem Kirby’s vet says caused this cat to have a seizure. 

Both vets say this can be caused by an insecticide — called Phenothrin. Phenothrin is the primary ingredient — 85 percent — of Hartz Advanced Flea and Tick Drops for Cats. 

The drops are sold in most grocery stores to pet owners looking for a less expensive solution to flea control. 

Kirby and Lady’s owners both told Channel 4 they bought and used the product on their pets. 

Links For More Information: 

The Eyewitness News investigators called 30 local veterinarians, learning that 19 them — more than 60 percent — reported seeing seen cases where cats have either died or become very sick after being treated with Hartz Advanced Flea and Tick Drops for Cats. 

The Environmental Protection Agency said it approved Hartz Advanced Flea and Tick Drops for sale in stores nearly two years ago. 

Morgan said that Hartz asked for asked him for more information about Lady, then said that there is no proof that its drops made Lady sick. 

And they are right. Lady’s vet says it is possible that Lady had some type of pre-existing condition that no one knew about. But he also said Lady only became sick after she was treated with the drops. 

An attorney representing one woman who says these drops also made her cats sick is seeking to file a class action lawsuit on her behalf. 

So far, he says more than 350 pet owners have joined the suit. 

While an internal EPA memo recommending that the product be reevaluated for its safety was written months ago, the product is still on grocery shelves. 

Hartz told Channel 4 they stand behind their product. Its company vice prsident told Jennifer Waugh that they believe their product is sound. 

“I think the key here, Jennifer, is that the information you are citing is preliminary. It is an interim report,” Dr. Albert Ahn of Hartz Mountain said. ” Based on the information we have and based on a review of all the data that we have, we stand firmly behind these products.”