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Proposed Puppy Lemon Law would protect new pet owners
A Michigan group is trying to prevent attention to the dangers of puppy mills and has proposed a law that would protect pet owners.
The Puppy Mill Awareness of South East Michigan Group is proposing a “Pet Lemon Law.” The legislation is aimed at offering consumer protection for those who purchase a sick pet. So far, 18 other states already have similar laws.
Under the Pet Lemon Law, people who purchase a puppy would have 90 days to take the pet to a veterinarian to look for congenital defects. The law also allows dog owners to have a 30 day chance to take their pet to the vet to look for other illnesses.
The Puppy Mill Awareness Group says they hope this proposal passes in order to help reduce stress and veterinary bills that people have to deal with when they purchase a sick puppy. The group tells NBC25 that many pet stores in Michigan receive their puppies from mills that keep the animals in unsanitary conditions, such as rusted cages. They say the USDA often overlooks these unfit conditions, and even allows the animals to be shipped long distances, which is unsafe for puppies due to their low immune system.
The group encourages people to purchase their new pets from rescue missions. They say rescue missions often have on-staff vets who ensure that the animals are properly inspected before being adopted out.