WRITTEN NOTICE FOR DOG PURCHASERS
This disclosure of rights is a summary of Pennsylvania law as published in
the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association's show catalog for Friday, April 2,
and Saturday, April 3, 1999. The actual provisions of the law are in Section 9.3
of the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.
This section is enforced by the Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Office
of Attorney General, Mike Fisher (in 1999). A civil penalty of up to $1,000
shall be levied for each violation in addition to any other penalty under this
A seller shall provide you with a health record for the dog at the time of
sale. The health record shall include the dog's breed, date of birth, sex,
color and markings, vaccinations and who administered them, any parasitical
medicine administered to the dog with the date, dosage and type stated,
and a statement by the seller that all the information provided is true
with the name, address and signature of the seller.
The seller shall provide a health certificate issued by a veterinarian
within 21 days prior to the date of sale OR a guarantee of good health issued
and signed by the seller. The health certificate shall certify the
dog is free from illness and defects, and does not appear clinically ill from
parasitic infestations. The health certificate shall include the name, address,
signature of veterinarian and date of examination. The guarantee of good
health is issued by the seller, dated and signed by the seller and you. The
guarantee of good health shall state the dog is free of disease, defects and
does not appear to be clinically ill from parasitic infestation.
If the dog dies or is determined by a veterinarian to have a contagious,
infectious, parasitic illness or becomes clinically ill within 10 days, you may
exercise one of the following options: (1) Return the dog for a complete
refund; (2) Return the dog for a replacement dog of equal value; OR (3) Retain
the dog and receive reimbursement for reasonable veterinary fees, not exceeding
the purchase price.
If the dog has or dies from a congenital or hereditary defect or is
certified through physical examination to have a defect which adversely affects
the animal within 30 days, you may exercise one of the following options: (1)
Return the dog for a complete refund; (2) Return the dog for a replacement dog
of equal value; OR (3) Retain the dog and receive reimbursement for reasonable
veterinary fees, not exceeding the purchase price.
Failure to notify the seller of the condition within two business
days of receiving the veterinarian's certification of illness will result in
forfeiture of rights, unless a health certificate issued by a
veterinarian was provided by the seller and it disclosed that health
Refunds or reimbursements shall be made no later than 14 days after the
seller receives the veterinarian certification. Veterinarian certification shall
be presented to the seller not later than 5 days after you receive it.
Registerable Dogs: If the seller does not provide within 120 days all
documentation to effect registration, you may exercise one of the following
options: (1) Return the dog and receive a full refund of the purchase price;
OR (2) Retain the dog and receive a 50% refund of the purchase price.
If registerable, the seller shall provide at the time of sale: the
breeder's name and address, the name and registration number of the dam and
sire, and the name and address of the pedigree registry organization where the
dam and sire are registered.
Attorney General, Jerry Pappert, Consumer Protection Hotline
1-800-441-2555 or www.attorneygeneral.gov