Saturday, August 11, 2007
Florida's Pet Lemon Law
Floridians who purchase pets should be aware of section 828.29, Florida Statutes, aka Florida's Pet Lemon law. Among its provisions are requirements that dogs and cats offered for sale must be tested for and vaccinated against certain diseases and parasites by a veterinarian. Additionally, the pets must be accompanied by a certificate showing that such tests and vaccinations were done. As long as the newly purchased pet is examined by a veterinarian within the appropriate statutory time frame, a consumer may have the right to return or exchange the animal, or keep the animal and receive reimbursement for veterinary services. Moreover, consumers who feel they've been wronged by a pet dealer should fill out and submit a complaint form (Word doc) to the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services' Division of Animal Industry.
Unfortunately, a bill designed to strengthen the law in this year's legislative session fell short, but hopefully it will show up again next year.
More available here and here.