CHICAGO (CBS) — Advocates cheered after Governor Quinn signed the puppy lemon law designed to protect new pet owners from having to foot the bill when pet stores sell sick or dying cats and dogs.

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“They are entitled to making sure that the particular animal is healthy,” said Quinn.

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The bill is designed to encourage pet stores to work with reputable breeders, not puppy mills.

Advocates like Cari Meyers of the Puppy Mill Project say they hope to stop the stream of supply and demand, particularly from mills to pet stores.
“99 percent of all those dogs from pet stores, they are puppy mill dogs,” said Meyers.

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The bill gives new pet owners the option to receive a full refund or have a pet store reimburse the veterinarian cost if a licensed vet says the cat or dog was sick when it was sold.