To: Various Bird Toy Makers
I am writing to inform you of a possible problem with some of the toys in your distribution channel. We believe the following toy presented had bells that contained zinc, which killed our beloved bird Rudy. As seen by the photos included the bells themselves are corroded and present a possible threat to birds.
Rudy was found to have extremely high levels of Zinc in his system. This caused him to become anemic and as such pass away.
I am pretty sure this toy was purchased from the Petsmart store located in Lewis Center/Polaris Ohio. The manager there indicated that he had never seen the toy within his 16 years of management there. I would like verification of the age of the store if all-possible.
I’ve also noted several other toys located at the store that contain the same type of bells. I would request that you immediately remove these toys from the store and distribution channels as they contain a possible threat to birds. These toys appear to be coming from China.
My goal here is help prevent the heartache and suffering to other bird owners that our family had to go through. I respectfully request that your company take the appropriate action to protect bird owners that is required.
Thank you in advance.
Anthony S. Anselmo
Update: 2011-11-27: Found the toy at Pets Supplies ‘Plus’ and it’s manufactured by Penn-Plax. Letters have been sent to Penn-Plax and Pets Supplies Plus. PetSmart did reply to me and indicated they do not carry the toy.