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Pennsylvania to Consider Positive Consumer Protection Bill Tomorrow (2/5)

(Monday, February 04, 2013)

The Pennsylvania Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 82 tomorrow (February 5) – a bill 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.

Summary:

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.
  • Clarifies 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.

Please note: This bill should not be confused with Pennsylvania House Bill 82 regarding animal seizures, which is opposed by the AKC and the Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs. Read more about House Bill 82 here.

What You Can Do:

  • Attend tomorrow’s committee hearing to express your opinion on Senate Bill 82. The hearing information is as follows:

    Pennsylvania Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee
    Tuesday, February 4, 2013
    9:30 a.m.
    Main Capitol, Room 461
    Click here for driving directions.

AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will continue to monitor this legislation. For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.