Senate Passes Greenleaf’s Puppy Lemon Law Amendments

For Immediate Release

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously voted to pass State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf’s (R, Montgomery, Bucks) Puppy Lemon Law Amendments (SB 82). The bill would strengthen the Puppy Lemon Law enacted in 1997 in a number of ways in order to better help consumers recover losses from a seller of a sick dog.

Under the current Puppy Lemon Law, consumers may only seek reimbursement for the treatment of curable conditions. SB 82 would expand consumers’ rights to seek reimbursement for the treatment of incurable conditions, such as hip dysplasia.

The bill would extend from 30 to 90 days the time period in which a congenital condition may be certified by a vet in order to recover any losses from a seller. Also, the time period for a veterinarian to certify an illness is extended from 10 to 14 days.

These issues have been identified by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General in responding to consumer complaints under the Puppy Lemon Law.

Senator Greenleaf said, “We need to provide consumers with adequate remedies when they have the unfortunate experience of buying a diseased or injured dog. By strengthening this law we also take another important step towards stopping puppy mills.”

SB 82 is supported by the Office of the Attorney General, the Federated Humane Societies of Pennsylvania, the Humane Society of the United States, and the American Kennel Club.

SB 82 will now be sent to the House of Representatives.


Aaron Zappia
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