NBC Affiliate story on Hartz – needs info

This from Matt Ogg at NBC. Please feel free to contact him.

“I’m writing to you in hopes of speaking to someone about the harm that Hartz is doing to animals. We wanted to air a story on Tuesday, and would love to hear from anyone that could inform us. Again, the story is going to air on Tuesday, and we would love to hear from anyone that can give us some information.”

Here is Matt’s e-mail address if you would like to contact him: [email protected]

Update on Class Action

May 29, 03
The class action law suit filed against Hartz by the law firm of Faruqi & Faruqi on behalf of one individual( sorry name withheld) The unnamed individual and Hartz have decided to terminate the lawsuit and fully settle all claims which are or could havve been asserted by the unnamed individual, upon the terms and conditions set forth in a Confidential Settlement Agreement.
The Confidential Settlement Agreement may also entitle you to certain benefits from Hartz upon satisfaction of certain conditions. You will need to get the affidavit, from the Law firm, fill it out , have it notarized and sent to Consumer Relations Dept., Attn: Dr. Jill Richardson
The Hartz Mountian Corp 400 Plaza Dr, Seccaucus, New Jersey 07094
no later than July 31, 03. Hartz will send you a general release to sign and return, They will reimburse for the cost of the product and reason and related vet expenses

This means Hartz will still be causing serious injury and possible death to cats that this product is used on.

Many are refusing to go along with this “settlement”
You may want to read the EPA’s report.

There is a new group forming at Yahoo’s groups FelineOwnersAgainstHartz-

If you’d like to join, the groups home page is

Hartz has to be stopped before anymore animals suffer from their flea products.

Hartz Flea & Tick Drops Plus almost killed my cats!

I purchased Hartz Advanced Care Flea & Tick Drops Plus (also known as 4 in 1) on 5/26/03. On 5/27/03 at 3:30PM, I put most (not all) of one tube on each of my two cats, following instructions to the letter.

After I applied the Hartz, I played with the cats for about an hour, to make sure there were no adverse reactions and to keep them from licking at the Flea Drops. They seemed ok, so I went back to work, and they went off to another room.

As a result, I’m not sure when Puddytat’s whole-body muscle tremors started. Orange had what the vet called “hyper-salivation” by the time we got to the clinic. Later, she began to have muscle tremors as well. It’s a good thing I was already at the vet’s!
I was working and didn’t pay any attention to the cats until 1:15AM, when my boyfriend shouted, “Oh my God, what’s wrong with Puddytat?!”. She was having severe muscle tremors. We immediately washed her, but the tremors continued.

When I called the emergency veterinary clinic, they told me to bring both cats in immediately. The clinic assistant said, “We see Hartz product poisoning all the time. It affects their neurological system. If you don’t get them in as soon as possible, they could go into seizure and die.”

I live in the country, so it was nearly an hour drive to get them to help. The ordeal lasted all night and into the next day. I went without sleep for over 24 hours. Both cats had muscle tremors. Puddytat was on IV drip and a number of drugs due to the severity of her symptoms.

My regular vet, who took the day shift caring for them, said that although he’d never personally seen Hartz poisoning, he’d heard a lot about it from other vets. Seeing the severity of the symptoms, he couldn’t believe that I’d used the correct product and asked to see the box. I showed it to him. All he could say was, “Yep, this is the right one.” and shake his head in disbelief.

When it was all over, I had two very weak, terrified cats and almost $500 in vet bills. What really amazes me is that the box says, “For cats and kittens weighing 10 lbs or less”. Not only did I *not* use an entire tube on either cat, but Orange, the cat with the less severe symptoms, weighs *over* 10 lbs!

Hartz needs to be stopped. God knows how many animals have already died after being exposed to their dangerous products.

Bootsie-A Senseless, Cruel, & painful end to an innocent Pet

First of all, I am writing this for my mother (as my mother until the end) as she doesn’t have computer access at this time. She lives in a rural section of Vancouver, Wa. The email address is for me as well, and I will forward any information received.

In October 2002, Bootsie, my mom’s Llhasa Apso, was scratching a lot, and after checking, found that she had fleas. I have owned pets off and on for the better part of my life, and, to help my pet, I went to the store, and chose a product that I felt had a name built up, and (I thought) had a safe, and proven product line. HARTZ.
I chose The blockade spray for pets and carpets as she was primarily an indoor dog.

I sprayed the dog according to the directions, and my carpet as well, and went on about my day reassuring Bootsie that those nasty fleas would stop biting her soon enough.

A while later, I came into the house and found that my dog had had some “accidents”
Vomiting and diarrhea. She was acting very peculiar, and I became very worried.
I picked her up and tried to comfort her/and clean her up. She began having seizures!

I called my vet right away and they said to get her in there ASAP! We did.
The vet did their best to treat her symptoms, and stop the seizures, and finally, they stopped for a while. The vet said that she had sustained severe damage, and they didn?t know if it was permanent or temporary. She had trouble remembering ?how to goto the bathroom?, she had trouble eating/swallowing her food. Bootsie was blind and deaf, and was ?scared to death? She didn?t even recognize my mother by other senses such as her scent. They went home with her and tried to make her as comfortable as possible, but she began having seizures again, and crying and crying. Nothing was helping. The vet prescribed medicines, but they worked only temporarily. The carpets and furniture were cleaned to try to remove any residue from the sprayed product as it was possibly causing additional trauma to Bootsie.

Finally, October 27, 2002, we took Bootsie into the vet and had her euthanized. The vet said there was nothing else they could do, and that the seizures (gran mal they were called) had done irrepairable damage. She would simply continue to deteriorate, and the most humane thing to do was let her go!
Bootsie was 1 ? years old and weighed all of 7pounds. She is survived by her ?mother? Angel, and her ?father? Blake.

A report of the vet?s findings concluding that the Hartz product was indeed responsible for poisoning Bootsie. They even gave a copy of the lab results to my mom. Mom then wrote a letter to Hartz, and sent copies of the information given to her by the vet, including the bill, $430.00. Hartz replied that the information submitted was inconclusive, and they were not liable for anything at all. Sorry for the loss.

My mother is a middle aged woman who is permanently disabled and living on a fixed income. Her dog was a loyal companion to her and this has caused a great deal of trauma, grief, and sorrow in her home. If she has to get rid of fleas, what is she supposed to do? Hartz is supposed to be one of the safest product lines in the business, but after doing some research, I find that they are not as safe as the consumer is led to believe.
Please help my mother. She is not asking for the moon, only just compensation.
Please contact her at the number and/or address I?ve provided as she can provide more details/information/documentation.


Toni Vadala

I am hoping to help my mother in some way, as not only did she lose a pet that was very dear to her, she is financially burdened, and had great difficulty paying this enormous vet bill along with her other bills. She is only asking for just compensation for the vet, and the loss of Bootsie.
Nothing less, nothing more.

Both Cats at Vet…Hartz Plus is Dangerous!

We recently moved to a new state and were told that our cats should have flee medication, as they were in abundance here. Both of our cats are 7 years old. I was at my local pet supply store and purchased the Hartz Plus for both of them. Sunday night, we applied it to both of their scruffs (following directions to the letter). Monday, after our vet told us that we shouldn’t use that product with children in the house, we decided to wash it off both of them. Too late…one of them had a massive burn around the application site and had lost all the hair there. The other one appeared fine, but a little tired. We hoped that washing it off would work. Today, I woke up early and discovered the one with the burn patch had gotten much worse and was twitching her ears and bobbing her head. The other one still seemed fine. I rushed the sick one to the vet and had to leave her there for treatment. This afternoon, I came upon the other one having seizures. She is now at the vet as well. I found this website and now I am just sick. I wish I would have investigated this before giving them Hartz. Our vet said that Hartz is paying the $40 I was charged for the vet to call Poision Control and the office exam! I was surprised by that. I have no idea how much this is going to cost me in the end, but I am on a mission to let everyone know that Hartz is DANGEROUS! I took photos of the burned area and plan to take them to the store where I purchased this product. I am sure it will make little difference, but I have to do something. I will keep you posted on their health once they return home. Both of these cats were healthy before this incident. I am very angry that such a product is being sold to unsuspecting consumers.
Guinness and EleEle’s owner

a very unique orphan may or may not die tonight

tonight, my little 8 month old kitten fights for her life in an emergency vet clinic because i used hartz brand flea drops on her. she had an almost fatal beginning to her life. i volunteered for a local rescue group and we recieved a call that a small kitten was living wild in a pile of large stones next to an apartment complex. my friend and I went on the rescue. what we found was terrible. this baby was one of three ( from what we could count) littermates. her mother was hit by a vehicle and her littermates starved. this tiny little one was literally eating her dead littermates to stay alive. she was a survivor with a tremendous will to live. she was also an orange tabby. which is rare to have an orange female. they’re usually male. this one was also a quadroped, ( has six toes) however this little one had EIGHT toes on each foot. usually we will allow their strength to recover and give the kittens the “work-up” before allowing adoption. however, i took this one home and for five weeks, woke up every three hours to give her the necessary feedings for such a tiny kitten. ( she was only 2-3 weeks old upon rescue) she has since grown to be a perfectly kind and healthy kitten and wants only to relax and be loved. we have small children in our house and she would never even think of harming them.. seems to be the perfect feline.

last night i noticed fleas on her and went to get her flea drops. I bought them, administered them by the exact directions in the package and this afternoon i found her in the midst of a severe sezure in front of my 6 yr. old. now, we have already paid $200.00 and will most likely have to pay the same amount more for the overnight stay. needless to say i’ll have to find the money to pay this bill somehow, because we had exactly $209.00 in our account before this happened. i am upset about the money, however there is a very precious kitten literally fighting for life once again because hartz refuses to take it’s products off the shelves. i am well aware that they knew about the poisonings that occured in pets from their products. why didn’t they just have a recall?? why did they keep this product on the shelves KNOWING what it does to our precious pets?? i WILL take action against this company. BBB will be called in the morning and a report filed. Hartz will be called and i will not rest until our pets are safe from their harm.

Flea & tick medication for dogs 31-60 lbs

My golden retriever has been ill ever since i put hartz advanced flea & tick drops on her. she will not eat & threw up several times & is lethargic. i called hartz & they told me to bath her at least 3 times.

Hartz flea spray

I just found this website and wanted to share my story about Hartz products. A few years back, I bought a Hartz flea spray at WalMart for my rat terrier. I used it according to instructions. About 15 minutes after I sprayed my dog she tried to walk across the room and kept falling on her side and her eyes were rolling back into her head. I immediately called the emergency vet service we have and was told to dilute the spray by bathing her and if that didn’t help her then to bring her in asap. Bathing her helped and she returned to normal within minutes. I returned the spray to WalMart and told them what happened and they said that they had alot of complaints about the Hartz products.