Connecticut Senate Passes Pet Lemon Law

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A bill that would allow new pet owners to keep their animals and still be compensated for veterinary bills passed the Connecticut Senate yesterday. Lawmakers gave final approval for legislation that will establish a Connecticut “pet lemon law.”

Under the new law, pet shops that sell a dog or cat that becomes ill or perishes from an illness that existed at the time of sale would be required to reimburse the customer up to $500 for veterinary treatment, and would call for penalties in cases where congenital defects are diagnosed within six months of purchase.

State Representative Fred Camillo introduced the concept of a pet lemon law on the floor of the House in 2009, and applauded the passage of the bill, which will now go to the governor’s desk.

“This bill is about business accountability, consumer protection and, above all, the basic human compassion for animals,” said Rep. Camillo. “When someone decides to adopt an animal, they are looking to make a worthwhile addition to their family, home and life. Too often you hear of the horror stories of the animal becoming ill from a genetic defect, which can lead to costly medical bills.”

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