You’ve heard of “lemon laws” that protect car buyers. State Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) has an idea to protect pet owners in a similar fashion. “It amends the Animal Welfare Act by allowing consumers to seek a refund, replacement, or reimbursement, if necessary, of veterinary costs if they purchased an animal with an undisclosed disease or illness,” said Kotowski.
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While the bill passed out of a committeein the Illinois Senate, opponents were concerned that the bill doesn’t say anything about animal shelters. The response was that the shelters are not for-profit businesses and don’t necessarily know anything about an animal’s history. S.B. 1639 has passed the Senate Executive Committee.