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Illinois House Approves ‘Puppy Lemon’ Law

Michael Madigan

In this May 21, 2013 file photo, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, speaks to lawmakers during session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. (Seth Perlman/AP)

The House has approved a plan adding more protections for Illinois consumers who buy a dog or cat at a pet store and find out the pet is gravely ill.

House members voted 67-49 Monday.

The Senate approved the measure known as a "puppy lemon law" earlier this month. But House changes will require Senate concurrence.

The legislation allows buyers to be reimbursed for veterinary fees, get a replacement or a full refund if the animal dies within 21 days of purchase. It also allows them to return the animal within a year if it has a congenital or hereditary condition. Both require a veterinarian's written statement.

Opponents say the bill is too far-reaching.

Gov. Pat Quinn supports the law.

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