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Pet Lemon Law

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(NBC) -Pet owner Ray King knows what it's like to pick out a furry companion, only to find out it has expensive health problems he didn't know about. 

Ray King, pet owner, "she was fine for a couple weeks but then after that they had the worms or something, started puking and just got real sick."

It happened with a cat he bought from a pet store a few years ago. They agreed to an exchange but the second kitten was also sick.

Ray King, pet owner, "it was frustrating indeed, because you get emotionally attached it and then after that you know something happens and what do you do?"

The State Senate passed a so called Lemon Law for pets. A measure to protect pet owners from unknowingly buying sickly animals from stores.

"The problem's very prevalent and it depends on the pet store and where they're getting their animals."

Under the bill consumers would receive a full refund for the animals they purchase or reimbursement for vet costs if the illness wasn't disclosed at the time of purchase.

Pet owners say they're happy about the new protection.

Steve Kanabel, pet owner, "you want the dog to be healthy, you would want the dog to be you would hope a breed that's in good condition."

"If they're selling a dog the dog should be healthy, if not, then they should reimburse us for the money."

As for Ray King, now he sticks to walking his healthy dog.

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