Pass “Lemon Law” To Protect Michigan Pet Buyers
Posted in the Westland Forum
Since: Jun 10
#1 Sep 3, 2011
A "Pet Lemon Law" has been introduced in Michigan to offer consumer protections for purchasers of dogs, cats and ferrets. Under S.B. 574, people who purchase sick or diseased animals from pet shops, breeders or dealers would have specific recourse against the sellers.
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Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan applauds Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren) for leading S.B. 574, which would offer options for the purchaser, including returning the animal for a full refund and replacement or recovery of veterinary expenses. The bill includes specific time frames for reporting illnesses, maximum amounts a buyer can recover, and provisions for congenital defects in the purchased animals.
Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan applauds Michigan Senators Bieda, Rocca, Warren, Hopgood, Smith, Johnson and Kowall for introducing S.B. 574, which offers consumer protections for purchasers of dogs, cats and ferrets. This “Pet Lemon Law” is solely geared to provide specific recourse to members of the public who purchase sick or diseased animals from pet shops, breeders, and dealers.
If approved, S.B. 574, led by Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren), would offer remedy options selected by the purchaser, including returning the animal for a full refund and replacement or recovery of veterinary expenses. The bill includes specific time frames for reporting illnesses, maximum amounts a buyer can recover, and provisions for congenital defects in the purchased animals.
The full text of S.B. 574 can be found here: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx...
Last year Liz Frates purchased 16 week old Yorkshire Terrier from a Michigan breeder for $1,200 cash. She was told the puppy was healthy. The full written pet guarantee against anything congenital or hereditary did not help Liz in court, after the yorkie was diagnosed with grade 2 luxating patellas in both legs - congenital defect requiring surgery close to $3,200. Liz had already spent $900 in veterinary costs addressing the puppy’s breathing and diarrhea problems.
In Michigan, consumers often rely on the Better Business Bureau to settle disputes with pet stores. Other times they end up in small claims court, which places a heavy burden on the purchaser to prove that the seller was aware of a pre-existing condition in the purchased animal.
Puppy Mill Awareness has been logging sick dog complaints and advocating for consumers by providing counseling and a checklist including agencies who may respond to complaints. That checklist can be found here: http://files.meetup.com/1258100/SickPuppyChec...
By signing the petition, you can directly let your representatives know that you support this law.
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