TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida agriculture inspectors are launching a statewide sweep of pet stores.
They'll spend the next five weeks making sure those shops are complying with state regulations that protect consumers in the purchase of pets.
Inspectors say more puppies are sold during the holiday season than at any other time of the year.
That's one of the reasons why they're checking shops to see if pets have their official health certificates. Under state law, dogs and cats must have proof that they've been examined by a vet within the last 30 days.
Florida has a pet lemon law that requires sellers to give animals certain shots, tests and treatments before they're sold. The law also gives you the right to get a refund or exchange if the pet is diagnosed with an illness within two weeks after you buy it.