Public safety officials are urging people participating in the Dog Biscuit Challenge to avoid eating Chinese-sourced dog treats, due to multiple reports of illness.
Similar to the viral internet sensation “Ice Bucket Challenge” that raised money for the ALS Association, the Dog Biscuit Challenge is to help raise funds for the SPCA Serving Erie County Paws in the Park.
The challenge includes a participant making a video of them eating a dog biscuit, and challenging two or three friends into either make their own biscuit-eating video or making a donation (or, of course, both).
However, there have been dozens of reported cases where the challenge takers have fallen ill to eating Chinese sourced dog treats.
Erie County Department of Health Commissioner Gale Burnstein may (or possibly not) have issued a statement:
At this time, we have 97 people reported as falling ill after eating dog biscuits that have originated from China. Many US pet store retailers pulled Chinese-based dog and cat treats from shelves last year due to thousands of reported cases of illness due to possible contamination, a problem that spiked last year but has been reported since 2007.
We ask anyone to please examine their pantry and throw out any Chinese-based pet food and treat products. For example, dog treats under the name of “Totally All Meat Protein and Not Ash Doggie Treats” by the “Happy-Time Number One Safe Animal Snack Food Company of Chongqing重庆市“
You know, it’s probably just a good idea to not eat anything that comes from China. You or your pet. Try Blue Buffalo Brand dog treats. They’re yummy and natural! Or buy local! This is a worthwhile cause to help support your SPCA, so give generously and have some fun!
Visit the SPCA site for more info on the Dog Biscuit Challenge (twitter hashtag #DogBiscuitChallenge) and watch videos of local celebrities and others taking the challenge on their YouTube page. To join the 22nd Annual Paws in the Park this September 26 at Beaver Island, visit here for more info.
***********UPDATE: 9:20 AM EST 8/4:
The Tommunist has been made aware from unreliable sources that one of the victims of tainted Chinese dog biscuits was local TV personality and Meteorologist Kevin O’Neill, who succumbed to the mystery illness. He will be missed…