Michigan Lawmakers to Hear Dog and Cat Warranty Bill

Under the proposed bill, anyone who purchases an unfit dog or cat would be entitled to return the dog or cat for a refund of the full purchase price.

Posted: September 21, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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A cat that exhibits contagious or infectious disease symptoms within 30 days of sale could be "unfit." .
A state Senate committee in Michigan is scheduled to hear tomorrow a proposal that seeks to establish a pet warranty statute.

As introduced, Senate Bill 574 would provide a warranty for anyone who purchases an “unfit” dog or cat from any of the following pet providers:
Pet shops that sell dogs and cats;

• Pet dealers;

• Breeders;

• A person who engages in the sale of dogs or cats to the public for a profit;

• A person who sells more than one litter of dogs or cats under six months of age per year; and

• A person who sells two dogs or cats over six months of age per year.

The bill defines a “pet dealer” as “a person who for compensation buys or sells dogs or cats.” A “breeder” is defined as “a person who breeds or raises dogs or cats for sale to the public.”

A dog or cat is considered unfit for sale at the time of purchase if, within 30 days after the purchase, a veterinarian states in writing, that the animal has symptoms of a contagious or infectious disease or illness that existed in the dog or cat at the time of purchase.

A dog or cat is also considered unfit for sale if, within 90 days after purchase, a veterinarian states in writing that the dog or cat is ill or died due to a hereditary or congenital defect.

Under the proposed bill, anyone who purchases an unfit dog or cat would be entitled to return the dog or cat for a refund of the full purchase price. If a replacement dog or cat is available, the purchaser may exchange the dog or cat for another one of his or her choosing as long as it is of equal value.

SB 574 would also allow the purchaser to keep the dog or cat and receive reimbursements for “reasonable” veterinary fees. The reimbursement of all reasonable veterinary fees may not exceed the original purchase price of the animal.

If the dog or cat dies, the buyer would be able to either receive a refund of the full purchase price or receive another dog or cat of equal value, if available, and receive reimbursements for reasonable veterinary fees, but the fees may not exceed the original purchase price of the dog or cat.

The Senate Committee for Regulatory Reform is scheduled to hear SB 574 Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. To view the bill in its entirety, click here.
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Anon    City, CA

9/25/2011 6:34:54 PM

Interesting.

Shirley    Tucson, AZ

9/24/2011 4:26:49 PM

So the MI Senate is going to reenforce the sentiment that cats and dogs are disposal? Great. Did one of the Senators buy a dog and regret it? This is a bad idea and something that should be worked out between the buyer and the seller, not mandated by law.

Walt    Ludowici, GA

9/24/2011 11:06:15 AM

I hope that it will be re-written to plainly target the mills and not the rescues.

ls    boston, MA

9/24/2011 9:07:28 AM

be interesting to see how this plays out

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