The Puppy Lemon Law
If you bought a car that turned out to be a lemon, you can return it
to the dealership for a refund. But what about a dog? Turns out, you can
if you buy a sick dog from a California seller:
The law, officially known as the Pet Breeder Warranty Act, applies
to cases in which the purchased dog gets sick due to an illness or disease
that existed within 15 days of purchase. It also applies if problems
arise in the first year after the sale because of a congenital or hereditary
If you want to keep the dog, the law entitles you get your money
back from the seller plus up to an additional 50% of the purchase price
for veterinary costs.
The law also allows you to return the dog, like a piece of merchandise,
and get a refund or a different dog of equivalent value. Still, you’d
be entitled to reimbursement of "reasonable" veterinary costs.