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Tainted treats linked to pet deaths, illnesses

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The FDA is reporting that jerky treats made in China are potentially deadly for animals.

The agency reports some 1,800 new cases of pet illnesses since the last warning in October.

The majority of the jerky treats from China included the following flavors: chicken, duck and sweet potato.

In all, the FDA reports more than 4,800 complaints of illness and 1,000 dogs have died. The agency is continuing an investigation to find out exactly what's causing the illnesses.

Petco says they're switching out treats from China for those made in the U.S., New Zealand, Australia and South America. They expect to get rid of all Chinese-made treats in their 1,300 stores by the end of the year.

Petsmart will do the same, pulling those treats off shelves by March of next year.

However, it is still alarming for dog owners who want the products removed right away.

"I hope that gets figured out and they find out who has them on shelves and get rid of them today," said dog owner, Jackie Noriega.

The FDA says not to purchase these jerky treats from China:

Waggin Train
Canyon Creek
Milo's Kitchen

The best advice from local animal clinics is to call them for a second opinion and to throw away jerky treats made in China and definitely not to buy them from any store.

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