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Illinois Senate approves 'puppy lemon law' bill

May 1, 2013 5:51pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has approved a measure that would protect consumers who buy a dog or cat at a pet store and then find out that the animal is seriously ill.

Lawmakers voted 31-18 Wednesday to send to the Illinois House the bill described as a "puppy lemon law."

The legislation would allow buyers to get a replacement or a full refund for the pet if the animal dies within 21 days of the purchase. Consumers also could seek damages for the cost of veterinary care.

Sen. Dan Kotowski is a Democrat from Park Ridge. He told legislators this bill is a consumer protection measure.

But Republican Sen. Dale Righter of Mattoon says it isn't because it excludes shelters and breeders.

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The bill is SB 1639.

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