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There Ought To Be A Law
Depending upon where you live,
there may be laws that serve to protect the financial interest of
consumers who have purchased a sick puppy from a pet store or
commercial breeder. Keep in mind: no puppy lemon law protects the puppy
- these laws are for the consumer. In many cases, the laws are woefully
inadequate and offer but a very brief period of time during which the
consumer may file a claim or report the matter to the state's attorney
In Pennsylvania, a PA Puppy Lemon Law
does exist and, while far from perfect, it is a step in the right
direction to hold commercial breeding operations accountable when
seeking financial compensation after purchasing a sick puppy.
One of the most important components of the Pennsylvania law is the following provision:
What does this mean and why is this important?
- If registerable, the seller shall provide at the time of sale:
the breeder's name and address, the name and registration number of the
dam and sire, and the name and address of the pedigree registry
organization where the dam and sire are registered.
First of all, if you are purchasing a puppy and ask where the puppy is
from, the pet store aboslutely must tell you this information. Many pet
attempt to provide you with only partial information, such as a
geographical location as the puppy's place of
- they've already lied and told the consumer
that they only work with reputable breeders; it is not unusual for pet
store staff and the owner to tell consumers that 'the breeder doesn't want to be identified' OR 'the breeder doesn't want visitors at their home.' These are typical tall tales told by unscrupulous pet stores - don't you believe or buy it!
- they don't want to admit that they regularly purchase from a puppy mill or by way of a puppy mill broker
In the second place, registering a dog is, in and of
itself, a questionable practice. Unless you are planning to show
or breed the dog, the 'papers' you will receive are of absolutely no
significance and may as well be used along with newspapers when
housebreaking your new pet.
- they don't want to identify the puppy mill in
the event you decide to do a little investigating and review the
commercial breeder's last report card from the state's department of
agriculture or the USDA.
Showing and/or breeding dogs are expensive lifestyles - not hobbies -
and unless you're willing to make a serious time commitment and
financial investment, registering a dog should hold little to no weight
in your decision to own a dog. For additional information about
registering a dog, including some eye-opening facts about the AKC, read
our Breed Registry section.
Across the nation, only 17 states have consumer laws on the books that
offer consumer protection from pet stores or commercial breeders
selling sick puppies: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia.
These laws vary dramatically from state to state and must be read
carefully as they outline the steps and procedures you must follow in
order to receive compensation. That these laws even exist is a
clear indication of the many problems associated with commercial
breeders and the pet stores that sell their puppies.