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Illinois Senate Approves "Puppy Lemon Law" Bill

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    Legislation would allow buyers to get a replacement or a full refund for the pet if the animal dies within 21 days of the purchase. Consumers also could seek damages for the cost of veterinary care. Sandra Endo reports. (Published Thursday, May 2, 2013)

    The Illinois Senate has approved a measure that would protect consumers who buy a dog or cat at a pet store and then find out that the animal is seriously ill.

    Lawmakers voted 31-18 Wednesday to send to the Illinois House the bill -- SB 1639 -- described as a "puppy lemon law."

    The legislation would allow buyers to get a replacement or a full refund for the pet if the animal dies within 21 days of the purchase. Consumers also could seek damages for the cost of veterinary care.

    Sen. Dan Kotowski is a Democrat from Park Ridge. He told legislators this bill is a consumer protection measure.

    But Republican Sen. Dale Righter of Mattoon says it isn't because it excludes shelters and breeders.

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