My aunt bought a Puppy from a breeder in PA last Tuesday. By Friday night the dog was sick. She rushed him to the hospital where he was diagnosed with parvo virus. She has fallen in love with the dog, and doesn't want to exchange him. She paid $350 for the dog (a cockapoo.) Her vet bills are already $550 with a shakey prognosis and more bills to come. Do you know if she has any legal recourse or where we can find out? The dog was clearly sick when she brought him home. Thanks in advance for any help you can give us.
First of all, I feel sad that what should have been a joyful and exciting time for your aunt has been so hurtful. If I was your aunt, I would check with the state she resides in for the law governing the sale of dogs. You don't mention if there was any contract signed, but here in California there are consumer protection regulations. Your aunt may want to check with the vet, other breeders in the area. Another resource is the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, Washington D.C. 20036. Regulations may vary from state to state, but there may be a statue of limitations--so I would act quickly. My hope is that everything turns out fine for the pup and its new family.
I also had bought a sick dog from a breeder. The breeder gave shots themselves and no record of a vet visit was made. I was able to sue for the price of the sick dog (who ended up dying) with he help of consumer affairs office. I also charged the breeder with over 10 violations of the NJ statute on sale of animals. I could only get the vet money back if I went to court with a professional Vet which would have cost much more than the medical bills were. Therefore the money of the sale and the violations was all I could accomplish but to keep others from going through the same thing was worth it. Hope this is helpful.