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updated: 5/28/2013 2:06 PM

Illinois House approves 'puppy lemon' law

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SPRINGFIELD -- The Senate Executive Committee is again endorsing legislation aimed at protecting people who unknowingly purchase sick dogs or cats.

It's known as the "puppy lemon law" and now heads to the Senate floor. It passed the Senate earlier this month, but the House made some changes when it OK'd the legislation Monday.

The plan approved Tuesday lets buyers be reimbursed for veterinary fees if they keep the animal. Or they can get a replacement or a full refund if the animal dies within 21 days. Previously a buyer could get two times the purchase price.

Customers may also return an animal for a congenital or hereditary condition under certain conditions.

Opponents say the bill's too far-reaching.

Gov. Pat Quinn supports the idea.

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