Puppy Lemon Law

Dogs can be our best friends, extra family members or long time companions. Their health is important to us from the first day they join our homes. The Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law which includes the Dog Purchaser Protection provision, ensures that consumers buying a dog in Pennsylvania know their new pet has a clean bill of health.

This provision, also known as the Puppy Lemon Law, establishes basic standards that dog sellers, dog purchasers, veterinarians, and any other party subject to this provision must meet.

A civil penalty of up to $1,000 may be levied against any person, whether licensed or not, who violates any provision of this section.

If you believe you may have bought a sick puppy, in violation of the Puppy Lemon Law, you can fill out a complaint form, or send us an email at petscams@attorneygeneral.gov.