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Pass “Lemon Law” To Protect Michigan Pet Buyers

    1. Pam Sordyl
    2. Petition by

      Pam Sordyl

      Clarkston, MI

A "Pet Lemon Law" has been introduced in Michigan to offer consumer protections for purchasers of dogs, cats and ferrets. Under S.B. 348, people who purchase sick or diseased animals from pet shops, breeders or dealers would have specific recourse against the sellers.

Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan applauds Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren) for leading S.B. 348, which would offer options for the purchaser, including returning the animal for a full refund and replacement or recovery of veterinary expenses. The bill includes specific time frames for reporting illnesses, maximum amounts a buyer can recover, and provisions for congenital defects in the purchased animals.

The full text of S.B. 348 can be found here: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2013-SB-0348

Last year Liz Frates purchased 16 week old Yorkshire Terrier from a Michigan breeder for $1,200 cash. She was told the puppy was healthy. The full written pet guarantee against anything congenital or hereditary did not help Liz in court, after the yorkie was diagnosed with grade 2 luxating patellas in both legs - congenital defect requiring surgery close to $3,200. Liz had already spent $900 in veterinary costs addressing the puppy’s breathing and diarrhea problems.

In Michigan, consumers often rely on the Better Business Bureau to settle disputes with pet stores. Other times they end up in small claims court, which places a heavy burden on the purchaser to prove that the seller was aware of a pre-existing condition in the purchased animal.

Puppy Mill Awareness has been logging sick dog complaints and advocating for consumers by providing counseling and a checklist including agencies who may respond to complaints. That checklist can be found here: http://files.meetup.com/1258100/SickPuppyChecklistv8.doc

This bill will not only protect consumers, but will help shine a light on the puppy mill / pet store connection and make the industry less profitable to pump sick animals into the community.

By signing the petition, you can directly let your representatives know that you support this law.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. On Senate Calendar for 1/11/12! Call your Senator!

      Pam Sordyl
      Petition Organizer

      The Puppy Lemon Law SB 574 (S-2) is item #34 on the Senate Calendar for Wednesday Jan. 11, 2012 the first day back from session! There’s no guarantee the Senators will actually vote on it. Make sure you call your Senator just incase they do!

    3. Why Michigan Needs a "Pet Lemon Law"

      Pam Sordyl
      Petition Organizer

      Check out my blog about the proposed "Pet Lemon Law"

    4. Pet Lemon Law Passes Regulatory Reform Committee

      Pam Sordyl
      Petition Organizer

      The Regulatory Reform Committee voted yes to the proposed “Pet Lemon Law” S.B. 574 (Sub 2) yesterday after purchasers offered heartbreaking testimony.

    5. SB 574 passed out of committee!

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The "pet lemon law" passed out of committee with a 4-2 vote yesterday! Keep signing and sharing to keep this bill moving!

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. NBC25 Covered the Pet Lemon Law

      Pam Sordyl
      Petition Organizer

      Here is the link to all four segments of the NBC25 Morning Show. They did a great job highlighting our group and the HORRORS of puppy mills. Janet also plugged rescue dogs for us and how great it is to save a life.

    8. Michigan Pet Lemon Law Introduced (via dbusinessnews.com)

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "Puppy Mill Awareness started a petition in support of Michigan's Pet Lemon Law on Change.org, the world's fastest growing platform for social change. By signing the petition, citizens can let their representatives know that they support the law, too

    9. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Gail Angeluski MUNISING, MI
      • 10 months ago

      My mother-in-law has spent thousands of dollars on veterinary care for a poodle that the previous owners (breeders) claimed was in good health. They would not even return her phone calls for advice or for prior health information.

    • Karen B BATTLE CREEK, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      I have been involved with animal rescue for a decade.

    • Carol Darby LAKE ODESSA, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      Want animal cruelty to end.

    • Donella Adams LANSING, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      I just had to put my sweet gental pit bull down due to a kidney disorder that he inherited from his mother. They should have never bread her and then sold her pups.

    • Alexandra Church DEWITT, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      I adopted my dog in April and she was a puppy mill dog. She was found in a house with 350 other dogs, all neglected and abused. I have had her 6 months and I have no idea how anyone could mistreat a dog like that.


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