Illinois Senate OKs ‘Puppy Lemon Law’

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)  Illinois lawmakers have approved legislation aimed at protecting people who unknowingly purchase sick dogs or cats from pet stores.

The so-called “puppy lemon law” now heads to Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk. He supports the idea.

The plan approved Tuesday lets buyers be reimbursed for veterinary fees if they keep the animal. Or they can get a replacement or a full refund if the animal dies within 21 days. Previously a buyer could get two times the purchase price.

Customers may also return an animal for a congenital or hereditary condition under certain conditions.

Opponents say the bill is too far-reaching.

It passed the Senate earlier this month, but the House made some changes when it OK’d the legislation Monday. Senators approved it Tuesday.

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