21 states currently have Pet Lemon Laws that offer legal help to pet parents who purchase animals from dealers and then find out that their pet has a disease or defect. Common remedies may include replacing the pet, refunding the purchase price and reimbursement of veterinary expenses, usually up to the purchase price of the pet.
Here’s a link to the current Pet Lemon Law as outlined by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.
Please note that each state has it’s own remedy and interpretation of the Pet Lemon Law. The AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) offers a comprehensive list of remedies by state.
We are working on several proposals to expand current Pet Lemon Laws to provide additional options and support to pet parents. Changing these laws to make them more pet friendly will result in fewer pets being abandoned in shelters for health and behavioral issues.