Nebraska State Senator and retired veterinarian M.L. “Cap” Dierks has introduced LB 588, the “Dog and Cat Purchase Protection Act,” which would effectively curb inhumane puppy mills and cat breeding facilities. The law would require breeders and pet shops to provide written disclosures to consumers, and require consumers to have a new pet checked by a veterinarian within four days of purchase to be accorded protections under this puppy lemon law. If the pet were found to have a serious health problem or congenital defect, the consumer would be entitled to a refund of the purchase price, a new pet, or reimbursement for veterinary fees.

The bill was introduced on January 21, and was referred to the Agriculture Committee, of which Senator Dierks is a member, on January 23.