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    Exclamation ALERT! New Target grids are dangerous! PLEASE READ!!

    Target has recently changed their "Organize-It" cube grids. So has K-mart. The openings are now larger and can kill cavies!!! Do NOT purchase any "Organize-It" or K-mart grids for use in a C&C cage without verifying that there are 9 grid openings per side! Fewer openings means they're larger and guinea pig heads can get stuck, leading to choking and death!

    More info and pictures of the different grids are available on GuineaLynx:

    http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=47460

    Please tell EVERYONE YOU KNOW who might even be thinking of using grids, to check them before they buy. Other brands should be checked too--with the price of metal going up, other brands may be trying to save money by skimping on crossbars in their grids.

    If you can only find the 8x8 or 5x5 grids, you must stagger them as if for babyproofing. Otherwise, even the fattest adult pig could get their head stuck and die. Please, keep your pigs' safety first and foremost!

    ONLY use the grids with 9 grid holes across in them to make your C&C cages!!

    This thread was originally posted as http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/...dangerous.html and all discussion should be on that thread. Thanks.
    Last edited by Ly&Pigs; 09-01-08 at 12:56 pm.

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    Re: ALERT! New Target grids are dangerous!

    Hi, I'm a volunteer with the Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue, and the grid change has been a big issue for us, as I suspect it is with many rescues across the country. One of our members contacted Target about the grids and has supplied us with contact informtion and a case number, so that others can continue to contact Target with more information. She is asking that we post this information to online forums where it will be seen and hopefully be of some use to others. I'm going to post below most of the email she sent out on our rescue forum because I think a lot of what she said is very important. If you use this contact information and talk to Lindy or anyone else at Target, please post and let us all know what you talked about and if anything came out of it! Thanks!


    I decided to contact the Target Consumer affairs division this morning about this serious problem. First let me post that number along
    with the contact person and case number.

    Phone 1-800-555-1212
    Contact- Lindy
    Case #1-321-450-426

    I explained to her that while we are well aware that we are using
    this product (product # 085 110175) for something other than its
    intended use, that it is commonly used nation wide for our purpose and
    has been for quite some time. I told her that it was no longer of any
    use for us and that there had also been at least one possible case of a
    death. She has asked for more information about the death. Can anyone
    put me in touch with the person that lost their pig? They would very
    much like this information and I would like to be able to provide it for
    them. Also any first hand problems could and should be reported to them
    using the information above. I also told her that while we are able to
    find a similar product (at least for the time being) at other places,
    they are much more costly. We really like the product and price at
    Target.

    Lindy was very sympathetic and also supplied me with contact
    information for the actual manufacturer I will be getting in touch with
    them after the holiday. I asked her to please do some research online to
    see what a large amount of cages are made out of this product and to try
    to consider this when dealing with this issue.

    I'm asking you all to start posting on your pig and rabbit forums
    contact information for Target and to try to get people nation wide to
    get in touch with them. While I know a few of you have looked for other
    sources, my fear is that the grids are all coming from the same
    manufacturer. When the current stocks are gone they could all be the
    larger grids. Target is a caring community minded company and a large
    player for any manufacturing company. We need to let them know how badly
    we need to be able to continue to purchase this product. We need to put
    some POLITE pressure on them. Remember that in using this product not
    for its intended use we truly have no legitimate complaint. So act
    accordingly when contacting them. We need a BIG IMPORTANT FAVOR from
    them.

    Application screeners, also please be aware that you will have to be sure that
    your applicants check the actual size of the squares within the grids.
    The product being offered by the other sources could change at any time.
    One other issue that has only occurred to me while writing this so I
    did not mention it this morning to Lindy is that there are most likely
    hundreds of publications on the web and in print advising people on this
    type of cage construction. It may be an issue we will be dealing with
    for a long time.

    Again anyone that can put me in touch with the person that lost
    their sweet pig please try it would be greatly appreciated.


    Thanks for reading everyone. If you can contribute any information, please call Target! Remember to be polite. If you volunteer with a rescue, it might also be helpful to post here how you are currently dealing with this problem. If you have any websites with information about where to buy grids or make cages printed on it, you may want to somehow modify it.

    My friend mentions one person we have heard of whose pig died from an accident with the new grids. If you know this person, or of anyone whose pigs have had tragic accidents with the new grids, you can PM me and I will put them in touch with my friend, or just have them call Target directly. However, if anyone calls Target directly about this, can you also post that on here so we know someone did?

    Thanks everyone.

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