Notts warning for imported dogs

24 May 2018

Imported dog

Nottinghamshire residents considering importing a rare breed dog from abroad are being urged to check that it has been vaccinated against rabies and parasites to avoid expensive quarantine costs.

The County Council’s Trading Standards team has the powers to place an illegally imported dog, cat or other mammal into quarantine for a minimum 21 days if it has not been microchipped, vaccinated against rabies and parasites, or does not have a valid pet passport under current UK and European legislation. 

The Council recently worked with a local resident who purchased a rare breed dog from Eastern Europe only to find the animal was vaccinated earlier than the required 12 weeks as set out by law.

As a result, the owner will have to pay quarantine costs of up to £1,000 to protect the public.

People who refuse to pay the costs in this situation could face the prospect of the animal being exported back to the country of origin or being euthanised. 

Councillor Gordon Wheeler, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee, said: “Where possible it’s always best to buy a dog in the UK where you can visit the breeder and check out the animal before buying.

“However, if you’re buying from abroad you need to check with the breeder or importer and the paperwork that the dog has received the vaccinations at the right time along with the other requirements to avoid the heartache of the animal going into quarantine.”

The Council has the following tips when looking for a dog in the UK: 

• always go to a reputable breeder and be prepared to be put on a waiting list 
• visit the puppy at home with its mother to see how the puppy behaves and the conditions it is being raised in 
• buy from a Kennel Club Assured Breeder if buying a pedigree dog as these breeders must follow rules to protect the health of the puppies they sell  
• ask to see the relevant health test certificates for the puppy’s parents 
• consider rehoming an older dog from an animal rescue centre. 

People can report concerns about an illegal imported animal by contacting the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506. 

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