Many people would like a pet but are not sure what is best for them. Maybe a bird, a guinea pig, or a cat. These are probably good choices for someone with a busy schedule. Families with children often consider dogs for a family pet. In Minnesota, families can choose from several reputable adoption organizations, as well as breeders and pet shops. However, there are unscrupulous sellers and breeders in Minnesota. If you decide to buy, don’t let your emotions guide you. Take time to look and do research.
Many people buy a pet and bring it home only to notice it appears sick a day or two later. Sadly, this happens more than you think. What happens when you notice your pet is sick? You call a veterinarian who confirms your worst fears. The financial burden from a sick pet can run into thousands of dollars. In worse case scenarios, your pet passes away. Do you have any recourse? In Minnesota, if you purchase a cat or dog that is ill, you do have recourse.
Your Rights When You Purchase a Pet in Minnesota
In Minnesota, cats and dogs sold by pet shops, breeders, dealers, and brokers are covered by state law. The law protects the purchaser in numerous ways that you should be aware of before you buy a cat or dog. Also, before handing over the credit card or cash, ask the seller (broker, pet shop, breeder, etc. ) to provide the required Statement of Consumer Rights. If the seller doesn’t have the Statement available, you are buying at your own risk.
Before you consider purchasing a dog or cat in Minnesota, read the law and know your rights. As a purchaser, you also need to know your responsibilities. No one wants to fall in love with a kitten or a puppy, and take it home only to have it become sick and possibly die. If your cat or dog does become sick, you need to notify the seller. Make a good choice, by reading the law before you start looking. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/325F.791.
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