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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Southern Rescuers/Transporters jeopardize New England: laws imminent

I received this email today and wanted to share with all rescues/shelters/transporters I know, and hope they will forward to all rescues/shelters/transporters THEY know.  Transporters in particular need to be aware of this information:  their businesses will suffer significantly if New England will no longer accept southern animals.  If our northern outlets are blocked, the animals down here are in serious, serious trouble.  Southern rescues have to be sure they play by the rules---I remember not long ago a Mississippi rescue (shelter?) sent 21 dogs with parvo to New York.
We southerners are desperate to get animals out of harm's way, but it appears not getting health certs, insuring two week quarantines etc. may cost southern animals dearly.
EVERYONE, THIS IS MOST DISTURBING---PLEASE SHARE, WITH RESCUERS, SHELTERS, TRANSPORTERS, SO EVERYONE WILL UNDERSTAND THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF ADHERING TO THE LAW.
Anyone who puts an animal on transport without a valid health cert, rabies vacc, and two week quarantine is messing it up for the rest of us.  Any transporter who ACCEPTS such animals (and you are out there) is messing it up for the rest of us.  You are playing a dangerous game with precious lives.
Read the two emails below, and SHARE WITH EVERYONE.
 
 
I am sad to tell everyone that a massive Parvo breakout occurred in the New Britain pound as of yesterday, I believe.
And, Karen, is VERY correct: I have scheduled appts for my four dogs all to receive the Canine Influenza vaccine.
As  you  already know, no one can transport an animal through Mass WITHOUT a valid HC from a Mass vet, and other states throughout New England are considering following their lead.
The problem is that so-called "independent" rescuers with the best of intentions are not enforcing the quarantine period before arranging transports from the South and thus are potentially exposing all dogs with whom they come in contact with exposure to this deadly disease.
That is why I must sound like a dictator, but I will NOT work with any rescue or transport that I do not know provides very careful medical screening, especially for Parvo which can be transmitted on our clothes during a transport and then brought into our homes putting our own animals at risk.
  Please for the sake of all we do... follow the guidelines for the safety and success of all animal rescues.  
 
Happy rescuing.
 
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