The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced yesterday that they are proposing to strengthen the restrictions on importation of dogs into the United States for purposes of resale, research and veterinary treatment.
The change would prohibit importation of the animals, with certain exceptions, unless they are in good health, have received all necessary vaccinations and are at least 6 months old.
Under the proposal, dogs imported into the continental United States or Hawaii would have to be accompanied by two certificates, each bearing the signature and license number of the veterinarian issuing it:
- An original health certificate; and
- A valid health rabies vaccination certificate.
The dogs also would have to come with an APHIS-issued import permit.
You can learn more about the proposal, and submit comments, on the APHIS website. Comments must be received by Oct. 31.