Melamine Kills 1,500 Chinese Dogs
Fears sparked about widespread tainting
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Oct 21, 2008 12:53 PM CDT
A Chinese worker checks ingredients in milk products last week.   (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
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(Newser) – About 1,500 Chinese raccoon dogs, bred specially for their fur, have died after eating tainted food over the last two months, the AP reports, raising fears of rampant misuse of the chemical melamine. The discovery comes as melamine-tainted milk has sickened thousands of babies with kidney stones and been tied to four deaths.

"First, we found melamine in the dogs' feed, and second, I found that 25% of the stones in the dogs' kidneys were made up of melamine," said a vet who performed necropsies on the animals. China had vowed to increase enforcement of the pet food industry last year after dozens of American dogs and cats died from eating tainted pet food.