flea spray

I lost 3 cats due to using sergeants gold flea spray. all were healthy cats.First one showed reaction within 30 min was rushed to vet, died few hours later, 2 others died within a few days, this occured in Jan this year.The stress of seeing my cats die without being able to help them was beyond words. a class action is being filed.vet said never use this kind of over the counter product it has toxic ingriedients in it. i had always used frontline but couldn’t afford it at the time. my cats never had a problem with that.

TODAY- EPA to Hold Public Webinar on Its Evaluation of Pet Spot-On Products

On Wednesday, March 17, 2010, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 p.m., ET, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting via Webinar,
entitled EPA’s Evaluation of Pet Spot-On Products: Analysis and Mitigation Plan. Last spring, following a significant increase inincident reports associated with pet spot-on products in 2008, EPA
requested additional information from the pet spot-on pesticide
registrants and conducted an intensive evaluation of those incidents and
products. During the Webinar, the public will have an opportunity to
ask questions about EPA’s findings and plans to protect pets. The Webinar is free and no preregistration is necessary to join the conference.

If this is your first time participating in an EPA Webinar through the
EPA Portal, we recommend that you download the software prior to March
17. Go to http://hawkeye.epa.gov/imtapp/app/nuf_sys.uix
and click on the icon under “Run”(on the right-hand side of the Web page).
if you see a run or installation pop-up, please click Yes, Run, or Allow.
This is a one-time add-on that is needed to run the Web conference software.
If your screen flickers or goes black during this step, it is normal.

On March 17, participants can log in to the Webinar and conference call
beginning at 3:50 pm.

1. Using Internet Explorer, go to
http://portal.epa.gov/webconference. In the JOIN CONFERENCE box on the
right-hand side of the Web page, enter the Conference ID 56381.

2. Leave the Conference Key blank, and enter your full name
and e-mail address where requested. Press JOIN CONFERENCE. You will be
able to view the presentation once the meeting begins.

3. Dial toll free into the conference on your telephone in order to hear the EPA speakers. Call the Conference number:
1-866-229-3188, then enter conference code 703 308 8059 and press the #

All telephone lines will be muted during the Webinar. If you wish to
ask questions, please e-mail them to [email protected] during the
meeting and they will be forwarded to the presenters. We will answer as
many questions as possible during the allotted time.

Please note that the Web conference tool will only work on a PC computer. Please use Internet Explorer as your browser. It is
recommended that you change your screen resolution before joining the
Webinar. To adjust the resolution:

1. Right-click on your Desktop

2. Go to “Properties”

3. Go to the “Settings” tab

4. Go to the highest screen resolution by pulling the tab in
the lower-left corner toward “More.” Click OK. 1024 x 768 is the best
EPA distributes its Pesticide Program Updates to external stakeholders
and citizens who have expressed an interest in pesticide activities and
decisions. This update service is part of EPA’s continuing effort to
improve public access to Federal pesticide information.

For general questions on pesticides and pesticide poisoning prevention,
contact the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), toll free, at:
1-800-858-7378, by E-mail at [email protected], or by visiting their
website at: http://npic.orst.edu/

To report an environmental violation, visit EPA’s website at

For information about EPA’s pesticide program, visit our homepage at:

Wave of Law Suits

A wave of lawsuits filed by cat and dog owners who claim their pets were sickened or killed by anti-flea or tick medication is targeting five New Jersey companies that make or sell the treatment.

Secaucus-based Hartz Mountain Corp., Summit VetPharm LLC of Rutherford, Morristown-based Bayer Healthcare LLC, Merck & Co. Inc. of Whitehouse Station and Sanofi-Aventis Inc. of Bridgewater are named as defendants in suits filed over the last four months.

Most recently, five pet owners filed suit against Hartz Mountain and Summit VetPharm last week, in U.S. District Court in Newark, alleging that their flea or tick treatments contained Pyrethrin, or a synthetic version of the chemical Pyrethroids, which are “known to poison animals.”

Both companies are owned by Sumitomo Corporation of America, the New York-based subsidiary of a Japanese trading and investment company, the suit says.

The suit accuses the companies of negligence, violating New Jersey’s consumer fraud law and liability for creating an “unreasonably dangerous product.” The products named include Hartz Ultra Guard flea and tick drops and Summit VetPharm’s Vectra 3d.

A Hartz spokeswoman said, “Hartz has not been officially served with this suit, and it is company policy not to comment on litigation.” A spokeswoman for Sumitomo Corporation of America, did not respond to a request for comment.

Also named as a defendant is Sergeant’s Pet Care Products Inc. of Nebraska, which makes flea and tick products.

To read the entire story go to

Link to story

Hartz Defeated In Jury Trial!

In a wonderful and significant victory for pet owners and consumers–including animal advocates, courageous veterinarians, vet technicians and everyone concerned with adverse health affects of pesticide products–Hartz Mountain Corporation was defeated in a jury trial on January 12th in Austin, Texas.
Mr. Frank Bowers, of Austin, sought justice and pursued his legal rights after losing his Olde English Bulldog to Hartz’s flea and tick product “Hartz Ultra Guard Pro” in August of 2007.  The trial, case number 015246, was held in Travis County, Precinct 3, presided by Judge Susan Steeg and heard by a jury panel of six.  The jury deliberated only 20 minutes and returned the verdict in favor of Mr. Bowers.
This lawsuit was a small claims court action. Small claims court suits can be filed in the location where the damage was incurred versus the manufacturer’s location.  The dollar maximum for small claims in Texas is $10,000, but that amount varies state by state.
Mr. Bowers represented himself, he did not hire an attorney.  That’s not unusual in small claims court.  He also requested a jury trial which is the plaintiff’s prerogative in Texas.  It doesn’t have to be a jury trial but that’s what he wanted.  Hartz Mountain has an extremely aggressive legal department and they have used tactics of intimidation in an attempt to mitigate action from those that have been hurt by their flea and tick products, or have the audacity to simply speak up about the dangers and risks of their pesticide ingredients.  Mr. Bowers, after attempting, unsuccessfully, to resolve his problems with Hartz without legal action, courageously moved forward and sought relief through our justice system.  He should be commended and applauded for his courage, tenacity, preparation and determination in taking on a corporation that has much more resources, albeit a documented history of injuring and killing pets.
Hartz’s attorney spoke a great deal about only a very small percentage of animals potentially being adversely impacted, and most of those had some “underlying disease or predisposed condition” that put them at a higher risk.  She relied heavily on the EPA registration process protecting consumers and pets, and spoke a lot about the testing and quality processes of Hartz.  She also stated that most cases of adverse incidents were caused “by the consumer”  in terms of misapplication, wrong product, wrong dosage, dog products applied to cats, products applied to aged animals, sick animals, puppies under age, etc., etc., attempting to place doubt in the jurors minds about whether or not Mr. Bowers had misapplied the product.  He did not.  He used the product according to Hartz’s directions.
When the verdict was read the Hartz attorney was slack-jawed and stunned…she just couldn’t believe it.
Hartz had 10 business days after the jury verdict to appeal the case and they chose not to do so.  Mr. Bowers just recently collected his settlement from Hartz Mountain.
Everyone that has been harmed by Hartz Mountain, Sergeant’s, BioSpot, Zodiac or any other manufacturer or enabler (retailers) of these lethal products should be inspired and encouraged by the actions of Mr. Bowers and a jury of his peers.  The jury had no trouble quickly discerning the facts–something the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which registers the products, and major retailers that enable their distribution, have recklessly ignored for many years.
This represents a significant and important victory for companion animals, their guardians and animal advocates everywhere.  It’s also a victory for those of us that are concerned about the risks these products pose to infants, children and pregnant women.  A jury of average citizens believed that, in fact, these pesticide products can cause serious injury or death, even when used according to manufacturer’s directions, and Hartz and other manufacturers (and potentially those that enable the distribution and sale) are going to be held accountable.
Congratulations to Frank Bowers!  Hopefully his example will encourage and inspire others who have been hurt by Hartz Mountain and other manufacturers to take the initiative and seek justice.
Please Google: How to Sue in Small Claims Court (the law for each state varies)
Story Posted by Rich

Possible New Class Action

I am reposting this to the  main page

Jacqueline Mottek February 15th, 2010 @10:20 pm

I am a class action lawyer in the San Francisco area, investigating the toxicity of Hartz and Sargent flea products and the possibility of filing a class action against the companies. I am very sorry for your loss and o-pain. Please contact me if you would like to talk about your experience and help us get these products off of the market. Thanks very much.

 Jacqueline Mottek
Positive Legal Group
 [email protected]
 415.302.5371 (cell)

Consumer Action Campaign on Green Paws


From our friends at GreenPaws.org:
Green Paws and the Natural Resources Defense Council are prompting consumers to appeal directly to the Presidents and CEOs of big box retailers like PETCO and PetSmart to remove flea and tick collars containing the harmful chemicals tetrachlorvinphos and propoxur. This attempt to directly contact retailers is designed to add greater support for our formal petition with the EPA to ban tetrachlorvinphos and propoxur from pet products as well as our lawsuit filed in California against 16 major retailers who carry flea and tick products which are in violation of California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, which prohibits businesses from knowingly exposing consumers without proper warning to any chemical “known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive harm”.

Those interested in sending a message directly to these retailers can do so at the following link: http://bit.ly/grnpaws

NRDC blog posts relating to Green Paws

Our updated product guide:

Recent survivor of the Hartz

Our 8 year old cat Lou is a recent survivor of the Hartz flea poison and we are so thankful that she is with us today.  Lou has been with us for 7 years after she was abandoned by her previous owners.

On December 30, 2009 around 8 a.m. she found her way home after spending a cold night probably confused and dillusional after the poison I applied the previous night.  This normally spunky cat was staggering, convulsing and incoherent.  We immediately took her to our veteranian who bathed her and medicated her.  He advised us that the chances for her survival were not good.  Throughout the day we made several trips to the vet where Lou was being treated.  Lou spent 24 hours being treated and observed to the tune of over 400 dollars.  A hefty price to correct the affects of a 4 dollar product.

Lou survived and is a normal cat today and our family is one of the lucky ones who can tell a success story.

My heart goes out to those people who do not have the funds to save their pet.

Never again will anyone in this household use any Hartz or Seargant products on any of our pets.  The suffering they cause to animals is really beyond belief.

Hartz Ruined Christmas!

Christmas morning started like any other but quickly took a very scary turn.  I put my beautiful 2 1/2 year old lab (Abby) up while I dressed which took me about 45 minutes.  When I went to get Abby she was suffering terrible twitching, dilated eyes and was slobbering profusely.  I panicked because I had never seen anything like this but had enough composure to immediately begin making calls to see what to do.  I called a local pet groomer and explained Abby’s symptoms to her and shared that my husband had treated her for fleas the night before.  The groomer asked if my husband had by any chance used Hartz flea killer and upon speaking with him found he had.  Her response was that this product was nothing but poison and Abby’s symptoms were typical of some pets that had been treated with this product (Hartz Ultra Guard).  She suggested I get her to the vet immediately.  Upon arriving at the vet’s office and after explaining the previous nite’s flea treatment the vet said she was 100% sure the Hartz flea treatment was the cause of Abby’s illness.  As a result of using this deadly $5.00 treatment Abby had to stay in the hospital overnite where she was throroughly bathed, given IV treatments, injections of muscle relaxer, charcoal to help clean her system, etc at the cost of $800+.  The vet said she treats at least 2 pets per week because loving owners who knew no better used Hartz products on their pets.  She also said the majority of the smaller pets didn’t survive the damage done by this product.  How in the world can this company continue to be in business! Have the “powers that be” at Hartz no conscience or compassion for animals at all!  There is nothing on the product package that alerts potential customers of the possible side effects of use of these products.  Is this company held to a lower standard just because they are manufacturing products for pets?  Shouldn’t they be required to make buyers aware of potential harms and even fatalities suffered as a result of use or their products?  The folks at Hartz can rest assured I will tell everyone everywhere I go about my experience and I will definitely enourage everyone I encounter not to use Hartz products.  I would love to see someone persue a law suit against this money hungy company. Quite obviously their concern lies with profit, not the well being of the user!

Hartz Shelter Donation Program Pledge of $3,000,000 has been Fulfilled

This is Hartz PR doing their job to well and it makes me ill. Wonder how many animals will be injured and/or die from these donations.

Hartz Shelter Donation Program Pledge of $3,000,000 has been Fulfilled

Secaucus, NJ, Dec 28, 2009 (PRWeb.com via COMTEX) —

Entering the holiday season, The Hartz Mountain Corporation, the leading U.S. pet supplies company, still had $1,000,000 worth of pet supplies to donate to local animal shelters. On December 15th, Hartz reached out to pet lovers around the country to nominate local shelters who would like to receive a free shipment of 2,000 Hartz pet supply items. The consumer response was overwhelming. No sooner had the announcement gone out when the email nominations came pouring in. By December 25th, Hartz had already received sufficient nominations to reach the pledge made in July; to ship $3,000,000 of Hartz pet supplies to animal shelters and food banks in the U.S. and Canada, to help shelters and pet owners survive the tough economy. “It seems pet lovers are in the holiday spirit as we’ve seen a tremendous amount of goodwill from consumers nominating animal shelters from all over the country, and we’d like to thank them for responding so soon and with such enthusiasm,” said Bob Shipley, Hartz Senior Vice President. “Sadly, it also reminds us that our animal shelters are really suffering through this economy, and need everyone’s help because their need is enormous. We hope that we have been able to help those shelters we could reach this year with Hartz Shelter Program pet supply shipments.”

Thanks to the consumer shelter heroes who nominated their local shelters, Hartz will be sending out 300,000 more pet supply products to150 shelters across the country. As the shipments go out, www.Hartz.com hopes to feature the Hartz Shelter Heroes who made it possible for so many shelters to receive them. In total, the Hartz Shelter Program will have shipped over 600,000 pet products. Among the items shipped, were dog biscuits and bones, meat treats, rawhide, chews, puppy pads, collars and leashes, bowls, toys, grooming products and bedding, flea and tick treatments, vitamins and dental care products, bird seed, rabbit and small animal food. About The Hartz Mountain Corporation: The Hartz Mountain Corporation is the leading manufacturer and marketer of pet care products in the United States and Canada. For 80 years, Hartz has provided pet owners with the highest quality products – innovative solutions developed with proven science and love for companion animals. Based in Secaucus, New Jersey, Hartz offers more than 1,500 products for dogs, cats, birds, small animals, reptiles and fish, each dedicated to the health and well-being of household pets. The Hartz Mountain Corporation is owned by Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA), together with its parent, Sumitomo Corporation, Japan (SC), an integrated global trading company. For more information please visit www.hartz.com.


sergeant’s gold squeeze on 4 cats killed my 2yr old cat 11.30.2009

I have a mission & a purpose, because I have a voice, Unlike my cat and the thousands of other animals that have been injured and or killed by this product and numerous other ones just like it. Just Like many other trusting consumers out there I trusted the fact that this OTC medicine designed to prevent treat and help my cat would indeed do that, but instead the unthinkable happened, I was shocked angry sad a million emotions wrapped into one, but mainly i was just angry…Angry that i never heard of this type of thing happening, angry that this was sold to me by a popular “trusting” retailer, angry that my cat suffered a terrible death, angry that I never got to say goodbye, Angry that my innocent sweet loving cats young life was cut short, and most of all angry with myself that i was the reason her life was cut short or at least thats how i felt at the time and many of you that have been through this same situation probably understand exactly what i mean by that its completely disheartening.  I’m not going to go into all the details of her death but i will say this I KNOW for a fact this medicine is what caused her death I actually  have it in writing from the Veterinarian @ the after hours emergency clinic i took her to it states the following; diagnosis is toxicity from OTC flea medicine in purple tube and anaphylactic shock. I have made a consumer report, notified sergeants gold company & legally they will have to report the incident to EPA, wrote letter to NRDC…and thats just the beginning i want to start a petition and get involved with a civil suit if anyone can please provide me more information regarding anything i can do to put a stop to this or any suits that are currently going on please do !! thanks ~nicole st.charles