Buying a cute puppy overseas may be cheaper and a cute puppy may be a good addition to a family, but Central Bedfordshire Council Trading Standards is warning well-meaning residents to be aware of the requirements for bringing a pet into the UK.
Earlier this week, officers from the trading standards team stepped in after receiving a report that a Houghton Conquest resident had recently entered the UK from Ireland with a new puppy without following the law.
As a result, the puppy was required to be taken into quarantine for monitoring and will now be microchipped and receive a rabies vaccination, all at the owner’s expense.Read More
Public Health England warns travellers of rabies risk
This reminder comes after a UK resident sadly died after becoming infected with rabies following a cat bite during a visit to Morocco. There is no risk to the wider public in relation to this case but, as a precautionary measure, health workers and close contacts are being assessed and offered vaccination when necessary.
Rabies is passed on through injuries such as bites and scratches from an infected animal. There are no documented instances of direct human to human transmission.Read More
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