PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The state Senate has passed and sent to the House a bill that would give people more time to recover losses after purchasing a sick dog.

Erik Arneson, spokesman for state Senate Republicans, says the Senate has passed an update to what’s known as Pennsylvania’s “Puppy Lemon Law”.

“The current law has been in place for a number of years now, and it has worked well, generally speaking. This doesn’t make dramatic changes, but we’re just adding more time, because obviously, health problems don’t always show themselves quickly,” says Arneson.

The bill would extend from 30 to 90 days the time period in which a dog’s congenital condition may be certified by a veterinarian in order to recover any losses from a seller.

Also, the time period for a vet to certify an illness that was present at sale is extended from 10 to 14 days. The sponsor of the bill, Montgomery County Republican Stewart Greenleaf, says the bill not only helps consumers but is another step toward cracking down on puppy mills.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio

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