Bill to toughen Pennsylvania puppy lemon law passes senate

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March 13, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A bill designed to help more puppy buyers get their money back after buying a sick or diseased dog is on its way to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

A bill passed the Senate unanimously yesterday that would strengthen Pennsylvania's 1997 Puppy Lemon Law in several ways.

Under the bill, the buyer could seek reimbursement for the treatment of incurable conditions, such as hip dysplasia. Currently, buyers may only get their money back for the treatment of curable conditions.

It also would extend the period during which a vet could identify a congenital condition to help the puppy buyer get reimbursed. That would go from 30 to 90 days. Also, the period for a veterinarian to certify an illness would be extended from 10 to 14 days.

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