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What Happens To 'Puppy Lemon Law' Dogs?

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A new law in Illinois gives pet owners a remedy if they buy a sick dog from a pet store. But the so-called puppy lemon law got us thinking: what happens to those sick puppies after they're returned to the store?

We spoke to Vicki Deisner, Midwest legislative director for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She also talked about several other new animal-welfare laws in Illinois this year.

The ASPCA supported four such pieces of legislation that were signed into law this year:

  • Senate Bill 1639, the "puppy lemon law" itself
  • House Bill 83, which creates minimum quality-of-life standards for tethered dogs
  • House Bill 3388, which creates training for police to help them detect and stop animal fighting rings
  • House Bill 733, allows lost livestock to be adopted or euthanized, rather than only being sent to auction
Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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