Illinois House approves 'puppy lemon' law

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Associated Press

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Updated Monday, May 27 at 1:05 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The House has approved a plan adding more protections for Illinois consumers who buy a dog or cat at a pet store and find out the pet is gravely ill.

House members voted 67-49 Monday. The matter heads to Gov. Pat Quinn. The Senate approved the measure known as a "puppy lemon law" earlier this month.

The legislation allows buyers to be reimbursed for veterinary fees, get a replacement or a full refund if the animal dies within 21 days of purchase. It also allows them to return the animal within a year if it has a congenital or hereditary condition. Both require a veterinarian's written statement.

Opponents say the bill is too far reaching.

More than a dozen states have such laws.

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The bill is SB1639.

Online: www.ilga.gov

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