PA Update: Positive Consumer Protection Bill to be Considered on 10/23

PA Update: Positive Consumer Protection  Bill to be Considered on 10/23


The Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee is scheduled to consider a measure on October 23 that would make several changes to the Commonwealth’s consumer protection laws. 

The AKC believes that many of these changes are positive and would protect the rights of the seller and provide appropriate recourse for purchasers if there is a significant health issue with their new puppy.

Senate Bill 82 unanimously passed the Senate earlier this year, and responsible dog owners in Pennsylvania are encouraged to contact the members of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee to respectfully ask for their support on this measure (Scroll down for committee contact information). 


Senate Bill 82 makes several changes to the consumer protection laws, including:

  • Changing the timeline from 10 days to 14 days for a dog to be determined to be clinically ill or to have died from an illness that renders the dog unfit for purchase.

  • Changing the timeline from 30 days to 90 days for a dog to have (or have died from) a congenital or hereditary defect that renders it unfit for purchase.

  • Clarifying that a dog may not be found unfit for purchase if:

    • The dog has intestinal or external parasites unless the dog is clinically ill or dies

    • The dog has an injury or illness likely contracted subsequent to the date of sale

    • The dog has a health problem that is disclosed by the seller in writing prior to the time of sale


The AKC believes the timeline changes are reasonable, and appreciates the clarifications on how a dog should be determined as “unfit for purchase.”  These clarifications will protect sellers from being forced to provide restitution for minor, treatable health issues, or for situations disclosed in writing before the purchaser agrees to buy the dog.  

It also allows for recourse should someone purchase a puppy that is severely ill or dies from an illness or defect that the puppy had prior to sale.

What You Can Do:

Attend the committee hearing on October 23 and express your support for Senate Bill 82:

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time:  9:50 am
Location: Room 60, East Wing
Pennsylvania State Capitol
Harrisburg, PA

Contact the members of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and ask them to support Senate Bill 82:

Rep. John Maher, Chair
Capitol Phone: 717-783-1522

Rep. Joseph A. Petrarca, Democratic Chair
Capitol Phone: (717) 787-5142
E-mail Form

Rep. Mike Reese, Vice Chair
Capitol Phone: (717) 783-9311

Rep. Mindy Fee, Secretary
Capitol Phone: (717) 772-5290

Rep. Stephen Bloom
Capitol Phone: (717) 772-2280

Rep. Michele Brooks
Capitol Phone:  (717) 783-5008

Rep. Gordon Denlinger
Capitol Phone: (717) 787-3531

Rep. Joe Emrick
Capitol Phone: (717) 260-6159

Rep. Mike Fleck
Capitol Phone: (717) 787-3335

Rep. Marcia Hahn
Capitol Phone: (717) 783-8573

Rep. David Hickernell
Capitol Phone: (717) 783-2076

Rep. Rob Kauffman
Capitol Phone: (717) 705-2004

Rep. Mark Keller
Capitol Phone: (717) 783-1593

Rep. David Millard
Capitol Phone: (717) 783-1102

Rep. Dan Moul
Capitol Phone: (717) 783-5217

Rep. Mike Tobash
Capitol Phone: (717) 260-6148
E-mail Form

Rep. Deberah Kula
Capitol Phone: (717) 772-1858
E-mail Form

Rep. Brandon Neuman
Capitol Phone: (717) 783-4834
E-mail Form

Rep. Scott Conklin
Capitol Phone: (717) 787-9473
E-mail Form

Rep. Pamela DeLissio
Capitol Phone: (717) 783-4945
E-mail Form

Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich
Capitol Phone: (717) 783-4874
E-mail Form

Rep. Rick Mirabito
Capitol Phone: (717) 780-4751
E-mail Form

Rep. Mark Painter
Capitol Phone: (717) 783-4073
E-mail Form

Rep. Mark Rozzi
Capitol Phone: (717) 783-3290
E-mail Form

Rep. Jake Wheatley, Jr.
Capitol Phone: (717) 783-3783
E-mail Form


AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will continue to monitor this legislation.  For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or or the Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs at