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

(Wednesday, October 16, 2013)
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
    9:50 am
    Location: Room 60, East Wing
    Pennsylvania State Capitol
    Harrisburg, PA

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 or the Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs at pennfedlaw@verizon.net.

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