Cortland, NY asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York

Q: Purchased puppy from a breeder. Puppy needed surgery for harmful congenital condition not listed in contract.

Breeder insisted the dog was fine, but 2 Veternarian's both had the same diagnosis. Is the breeder liable to pay? I kept the puppy and it had surgery. It states that under NYS law, a "dealer" is held to the Pet Lemon Law, which states that reimbursement is an option for the purchaser. Breeder breeds/raises on their property.

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Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Denver, CO

A: If the particular congenital defect was not disclosed but was discoverable, it sounds like it would fall under the Lemon Law.

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