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Discussion - Puppy Lemon Law - South Carolina

Heather () [ Reply ] 2013-10-31 10:16:58
I just have a question. Is it illegal to sell a puppy without having any shots or just unethical?
Cathy Beasley () [ Reply ] 2013-10-31 10:17:01
I bought a show dog from a known show breeder of Min Pins in SC. I'm a known show breeder in another state. Her contract only guaranteed him for original purchase price or refund up to 12 mos. I told her from 6 mos. on he was gimping in one knee off and on. She said I wasn't exercising him enough. Well now he's 13 mos. and holding up left leg all the time. Vet says it's heritary and both knees are bad and need surgery. Left one is grade 3 and right one is grade 2. Surgery is $1250 and breeder says I don't owe you anything since he's one year old now. I can't show him anymore and he will have to be neutered. Is this fair? She says if I can't afford it, put him to sleep!
Lemon Law Act Team (United States) replies to Heather [ Reply ] 2013-11-02 06:29:16
Hello Heather, It is not illegal to sell puppies without having any shots to them, but on a general side puppies mark above $100 only, hence a buyer would expect the money they spent is worth it. Good Day !!
Lemon Law Act Team (United States) replies to Cathy Beasley [ Reply ] 2013-11-02 06:48:37
Hello Cathy Beasley, sad to hear about your pup, but to preserve your Dog Purchaser Protection Act rights under the Law, within 30 days of purchase of a new dog if a licensed veterinarian determines any congenital or hereditary defect, then as a buyer you may: (a) Return the dog for a full money refund (b) Return the dog for a replacement dog of equal value OR (c) Retain the dog and receive reimbursement for reasonable veterinary fees, not exceeding upon the purchase price. However these options cannot be applied to a seller, who has provided a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian, disclosing in writing (at the time of sale) the health problem for which the buyer may want to return the dog later. Moreover as you said above that the veteran says 'its a hereditary disease' so if that show breeder did not put any written statement to you about the same then Perhaps you need to consult it with a specialized lawyer that it may be possible to send him a show-cause for not informing you about any hereditary problem and ask medical expanse for it. Good Luck.
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