Pet Lemon Law

May 18, 2010

A recent news article asked if your pet is a lemon. A Minnesota resident purchased a puppy that unfortunately needed almost $3,000.00 of medical treatment. The pet owner discovered that Minnesota had a special lemon law just for pets.

Missouri does not have a pet lemon law. However, Missouri courts have decided that, despite their special place in our hearts, pets are considered to be property.

Because a pet is considered property, if the pet was purchased for more than $25.00, the federal lemon law might apply. As well, depending on the pet’s condition, there could a violation of an implied warranty.

No one hopes for a pet to be sick, but a breeder or dealer might be responsible in Missouri if the pet’s ailments are discovered soon after purchase.

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