Joye Oltmann: Founder of Toby’s Room Inc.

Judge rules against prescription dog food companies

Rewards 12.5 Million judgement

The average day starts early for Joye and Dave Oltmann. Their home in Snellville, Georgia (located to the east of Atlanta) usually hosts as many as 16 dogs and cats, all rescued by the Oltmann’s from the most inhumane of conditions. Joye was already volunteering at shelters and rescuing animals as teenager, but often found it challenging to find suitable homes where they would receive the love and attention required for rehabilitation. As an adult, she founded Toby’s Room Inc and has dedicated herself to this cause ever since. Named after a favourite black lab that was rescued by the Oltmann’s, but then tragically passed away at a poorly run boarding facility, Toby’s Room is complete funded by private and family donations.


Joye is a firm believer in the importance of diet and nutrition. She discovered Lucky Dog Cuisine in 2013 on the Truth About Petfood website ( Today, every dog at Toby’s Room eats Lucky Dog Cuisine and Joye is adamant about the improvement that it has made for their overall health and happiness.

Of course, every furry resident of Toby’s Room comes with their own sad story. Anna is a border collie who was found running up a road near the Oltmann’s in 2002. Jake is a golden retriever who was rescued from a county animal shelter six years ago. At the time, he was given only hours to live. Rocky is a pit bull, and a newer addition to the clan – he was found on a busy street, foraging for food and running into traffic. When he arrived at Toby’s Room, he was significantly malnourished and underweight. After only four weeks, his weight had increased by almost 20 pounds.


Oliver just after being rescued and before Lucky Dog Cuisine


Rocky after best dog food LDC

Rocky after 8 months eating Lucky Dog Cuisine

Despite the circumstances that lead each resident to come stay with the Oltmann’s, they all share a bright and happy present. Through the love and patience that Joye and Dave have shown them, they have all grown into healthy, happy animals. For the majority of these residents, Toby’s Room is a temporary stop on their journey – they go on to be adopted into loving, permanent homes. Sometimes though, rehoming isn’t possible – as with Rocky, Jake and Anna – and Toby’s Place happily becomes their forever home.

To Joye and Dave from all of us at Lucky Dog Cuisine

Thanks for all that you do for our furry friends.


If you would like to find out more about Joye Oltmann, and Toby’s Room, you can reach them at


The use of Presciption dog food is one of my pet peeves and shows that the
phrase “Marketing over Mother Nature’ holds true.
If you are a dog owner, you may have heard about the class action suit
against prescription dog foods. Hills, Science Diet, Royal Canin and Purina
are some of the brands that are accused of misleading consumers and
veterinarians about the benefits and ingredients of their products. The
lawsuit claims that:

  • these companies charge premium prices for prescription dog foods that are not significantly different from regular dog foods. In fact, they are made in the same facilities, using the same suppliers as low-quality grocery store brands like Alpo and Beneful.
  • they do not have any scientific evidence to support their claims of treating or preventing various health conditions in dogs. They are not made in facilities that follow traditional drug manufacturing protocols.
  • that these companies have violated consumer protection laws and engaged in false advertising.

The class action suit was filed in 2019 by a group of dog owners who purchased prescription dog foods from these brands for their pets. They are seeking refunds, damages and an injunction to stop the companies from selling prescription dog foods without proper authorization and
. The suit is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Prescription dog foods are supposed to be specially formulated to address specific health issues in dogs, such as kidney disease, diabetes, allergies, obesity and more. However, according to the lawsuit, these products are not
regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any other agency,
 and they do not require a prescription from a veterinarian to be sold.

The lawsuit claims that these companies have exploited this loophole to market their products as prescription dog foods, even though they are not approved or tested by any authority.

This suit also accuses these companies of using low-quality ingredients and fillers in their prescription dog foods, such as corn, wheat, soy, by-products and artificial colors and flavors. These ingredients may not only be ineffective for treating or preventing health conditions in dogs, but they may also cause adverse reactions and allergies in some dogs. The lawsuit cites several examples of dogs that suffered from health problems after
consuming prescription dog foods from these brands, such as vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, skin infections, kidney failure and death.

The lawsuit seeks to hold these companies accountable for their deceptive and unlawful practices, and to provide compensation and relief to the dog owners who have been harmed by them. It also aims to protect the public interest and the welfare of dogs by ensuring that prescription dog foods are properly regulated and labeled, and that consumers and veterinarians are informed about their benefits and risks.

Please be aware that the FDA does not review or verify the health claims on any veterinary diet.

Take a close look at the ingredient list and ask your vet for evidence that the foods in the prescription diet are any better than most regular diets. Also please keep in mind that while your vet has the best intentions, they get little or no nutrition training and often what little training they do get comes from the very companies that are named in these lawsuits. 

Ultra processed foods made with poor quality ingredients are not what your dog needs if they are suffering from an illness. Give your dog a fighting chance with fresh, quality foods for a long and healthy life. 

This lawsuit was settled in July of 2021. Hills Pet Food paid $12.5 million to participants.

Is it any wonder that here at Lucky Dog Cuisine we believe wholeheartedly “Fresh is Better”
The food we send your dog is the exact same food we feed our own beloved pack. 


Our best special ever!



A savings of $100
14 Pound Variety Pack For ONLY $79 (future orders discounted to $159) FREE SHIPPING Our unique, Cancel Anytime subscription program. LIMIT 1 Intro Pack per client
Reasons To Subscribe:
  • Save $100 off your first purchase.
  • Subsequent orders are $159.
  • Fully customizable schedule and flavors.