The Puppy Lemon Law as it Applies to Dogs in Pennsylvania

A Clean Bill of Health

Is there really such a thing as a Puppy Lemon Law? When most people think of the Lemon Law, they tend to think of it as something that applies only to cars. But the truth is, the Lemon Law can apply to just about any type of consumer product, including dogs. Dealing with legal issues can be stressful, especially when it involves your new pet. At Pyfer Reese, we understand the added devastation that comes with legal issues surrounding dogs. Our team of experts is here to help make your legal process as smooth and humane as possible.  

The Pennsylvania Puppy Lemon Law defines a “lemon dog” as one that is sick or injured and cannot be returned to health by reasonable veterinary care. If you have purchased a lemon puppy, you may be entitled to a refund or replacement dog under the Pennsylvania Puppy Lemon Law. 

What are the Puppy Lemon Law Qualifications

What Counts as a “Lemon Puppy” Under The Pennsylvania Puppy Lemon Law? To be considered a lemon dog, the animal must meet all of the following criteria: 

  • The puppy must have been bought or leased from a legitimate breeder, dealer, or pet store within the state of Pennsylvania. 
  • The puppy must have developed a physical or mental defect within six months of purchase or adoption. 
  • A veterinarian must have diagnosed the defect and determined that it cannot be cured by reasonable means. 
  • You, the owner, must have given the breeder, dealer, or pet store a chance to cure the defect (if curable) but they were unable to do so within 30 days. 

If your puppy meets all of these criteria, you may be eligible for a refund or replacement under the Pennsylvania Puppy Lemon Law. 

What are Your Rights Under the Pennsylvania Dog Lemon Law? 

Under the Pennsylvania Dog Lemon Law, if you have purchased a lemon dog, you are entitled to either a refund or replacement animal. If you choose a replacement animal, that animal must be of at least equal value to the lemon dog. If you choose a refund, you are entitled to all money paid for the purchase of the lemon dog, plus additional damages such as veterinary bills and transportation costs incurred as a result of the defective animal. 

What Are the Time Restrictions for Filing Claims?

It is important to note that if you wish to take legal action against a breeder, dealer, or pet store for selling you a defective animal, you must do so within two years of the date of purchase or adoption. After two years have passed, you will no longer be eligible for relief under the Pennsylvania Dog Lemon Law. 

Moving Forward With Lemon Law Action

No one should have to deal with being sold a defective product, including animals. The Pennsylvania Puppy Lemon Law exists to protect consumers who have been sold sick or injured animals by breeders, dealers, and pet stores. If you think you may have purchased a lemon dog, please contact one of our experienced attorneys today who can help you understand your rights and options under the law. Pyfer Reese has 3 convenient locations in Pennsylvania. We now also accept Zoom and virtual appointments as well as phone consultations. Speak to our team of professionals today by contacting us here.

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