"Lemon Law" could apply to pets

Published 04/25 2013 04:55PM

Updated 08/22 2013 07:25PM

SPRINGFIELD -- If you buy a new car and it doesn't work, you can get it replaced. Now, one lawmaker wants to create a similar "lemon law" for pets. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels keeps us Connected to the Capitol.

If you buy a brand new puppy or kitten from a pet store, and it gets really sick, you may soon be able to take it back for a refund or exchange. Supporters say it's really all about consumer protection. It would help cut down on stores selling diseased pets since there are sometimes major outbreaks.

You'd be able to either get your money back or take home a new pet if it's within 20-days. It would only be for kittens and puppies infected with life-threatening disease. The pet store would also be responsible for any additional vet costs.

"It's like, if you buy a car that's a lemon, it's a car that doesn't work, doesn't do what it's supposed to. People have been able to recover damages, not only associated with the car, but also paying to fix the car. It's real simple, except now we're talking about a living being."

This has a lot of critics, though. The law wouldn't apply to pets from shelters and there's no plan for what to do with the "leftover lemon" pets. Lawmakers still have to vote on the issue.

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