AKC Government Relations Releases Comprehensive Policy Brief on Consumer Protection/’Puppy Lemon Laws’

2020-12-30 | AKC Government Relations Department

AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) is pleased to announce the release of its latest comprehensive public policy brief: Consumer Protection/”Puppy Lemon Laws”.  This new resource provides lawmakers, advocates, and the public with in-depth analysis and model language to support sound consumer protection laws for puppy purchasers and breeders alike. 

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has long promoted fair consumer protection laws with its Protection for Puppy Purchasers position statement:

The American Kennel Club® supports reasonable laws and regulations intended to protect the pet-buying public in obtaining a sound dog of the breed represented. AKC® supports a ban on predatory pet leasing schemes that victimize potential owners, undermine a lifetime commitment to a pet, and do not confer the rights and responsibilities associated with legal ownership of a pet. Breeders and/or sellers should be responsible for providing certain refunds, replacements, or reimbursements should the dog sold become ill or die from a condition contracted prior to the purchase. Such remedies should be conditioned upon the buyer’s scrupulous adherence to the care and feeding program prescribed by the breeder and/or seller, as well as a timely examination by a state licensed veterinarian. Breeders and/or sellers should provide buyers with a written bill of sale detailing the responsibilities of both the buyer and seller. This bill of sale should also detail any exclusions to refunds, replacements, or reimbursements.

The new comprehensive policy brief is available in AKC GR’s online Legislative Toolbox, which is full of resources to help lawmakers and the public understand issues impacting dog ownership and provide commonsense solutions that protect dogs and the rights of their breeders and owners.  To learn more, visit  https://www.akc.org/clubs-delegates/government-relations/toolbox/.

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