I guess it’s not surprising but it’s sad when people are skirting the pathetically lax canine import regulations and falsifying rabies vaccination status. In the US, the CDC has issued a Health Alert because of an increasing number of dogs that are being imported with "questionable" documentation of rabies vaccination.

These dogs are destined for various sources, including on-line sales, pet stores and adoption agencies. Various breeds are involved and some dogs are falsely identified as being from the US.

Concerns were raised when it was noted that importers were providing inaccurate vaccination certificates. Currently, dogs that are 4 months of age or older and which are vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days prior are imported with essentially no restrictions. So, importers are either falsifying vaccination records (indicating dogs have been vaccinated when they have not) or lying about their age. Instances of falsifying birth location and breed have also been identified.

Because of these problems and the lack of any foreseeable effort to bring any form of import controls into play, the CDC is recommending that veterinarians "strongly recommend" vaccination against rabies if the owner of a new patient is unable to provide an original rabies certificate, if the certificate comes from an unknown source, or if the reported age does not match the appearance of the animal.

Too bad there’s not an effort to charge people with falsifying data pertaining to an almost invariably fatal disease…

  • Catherine

    The interesting part of this story is that at the end it states, “Unfortunately, the dog it bit had to be put down after being infected with rabies.” That statement led me to believe that the dog was not up to date on its rabies vaccination, but if you read further into the comments section, the owner states that the dog was up to date on its rabies vaccination.

    The owner’s name is Kathy Blanchard, and her comments are very interesting and worth taking a look at. She was in contact with Animal Control, the Health Department and veterinarians before making the painful decision, four days later, to put her dog down due to the rabies scare.

    She goes on to say, “Just because your dog is up to date DOES NOT GIVE a 100% guarantee that after the amount of contact she had, the amount of saliva exchanged and the the bite marks in her gums and all that she would not contact rabies. I have small children in my home. I could NOT endanger them or take the risk that this virus would not come to light.”

    The video shows the actual rabid fox and the dog having their “exchange” through the chain link fence. This story greatly disturbs me because this could happen to anybody’s dog in suburban USA (or Canada!)

    What also disturbed me about this is that it happened during the day, not at night, when I actually leash my dog before taking him out into the fenced backyard.

    Rabies is a horrible disease and people need to take it seriously.