Appeals may delay pet food case payments

December 31, 2008 5:08:44 AM PST
Owners of pets who were sickened or died after eating contaminated food may have to wait longer for a settlement. A judge is sorting through last-minute appeals before awarding any money from a $24 million settlement.

More than 23,000 dog and cat owners in the United States want money from the fund. Their pets got sick or died after eating pet food contaminated with an industrial chemical.

The pet food was produced under 200 labels, but much of it was by Menu Foods.

The settlement pays up to 100 percent for vet bills and other costs, such as replacing carpet ruined by sick pets. It does not compensate owners for pain and suffering associated with the death or illness of their pets.

Pet owners can get up to $900 for undocumented claims - for example, if they didn't save receipts that showed they bought the contaminated pet food.

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