Friday, February 8, 2008

Pet Shop Lemon Law

I saw this on News Channel 8 in Connecticut. It's an interesting discussion (and a sad story) based on the "Pet shop lemon law." Basically, you can only get your money back within 15 days of purchase. And most stores will only give you money back if give them the dog. And of course, we can guess what will happen to that poor puppy in most cases.

For those interested, check out the text of the stories:
http://www.wtnh.com/Global/story.asp?S=7841431
http://www.wtnh.com/Global/story.asp?S=7845433

My thoughts on this are wide ranging, as I can understand both sides of the arguement. I'm very familiar with this particular store, and their dogs are very well-treated, clean, and come with their first vaccines. However, the store doesn't make a point to x-ray each dog to search for all the minute problems. I don't think we could really expect any store, or even every shelter, to go that far.

Hopefully the community can come together to help the people and dogs who are mentioned in this story.

1 comment:

Jill said...

There has to be some middle ground here. While we can't expect the stores or breeders to conduct such thorough and minute exams of all their puppies, they should be held accountable for what they are selling to people. The time period in which people have to come back with a complaint should be longer, and rather than having to give the puppy back (who would be able to do that?!?!) the person should be entitled to get some or all of their money back if it turns out this dog is really ill. It's a shame that poor family and the puppy has to go through that suffering.