The Puppy Lemon Law protects consumers

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Have you heard about it? It is about time! This piece of legislation is meant to protect patrons that purchase a sick puppy at a pet store.

While it is difficult to pass by and ignore the innocent, desirable faces of the baby dogs that are housed there, seeking a forever home and family, no one wants to get caught up with the bills that accompany many of the animals as they grow (if they do grow at all!). Pet store puppies are produced at puppy farms. Some mother dogs are forced to have puppies for 10-12 years before being thrown away as they are ‘used up.’ The products of these dogs are unhealthy and many do not grow to adulthood. If they do, they are costly to maintain and that is not even considering the pain and suffering of the dog itself!

The legislation passed the Illinois House the last Monday of May. Although it only protects pet owners that shopped for their pet at a pet store, entitling the consumer a full refund, pet replacement or reimbursement of veterinary costs for ‘unfit’ puppies within 21 days of their purchase, it does not replace the heartbreak that the families may have suffered in the meantime. You cannot put a price on the heart!

It is extremely important to start somewhere the process of closing down the puppy mills. This is as good of a place to start as any!

Although many more changes still need to be made, the fact that the government is finally getting involved is good news. Perhaps the rest of the issues will be forthcoming now that at least there is some understanding!

Melissa Stoneburner began writing about dogs two years ago. She is still an author on Examiner.com, Helium and Hubpages and works with Animal Rescue Foundation, Illinois as the Community Outreach Program Manager. Find Melissa on Facebook and Twitter.

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