19 October 2015

A four-month-old puppy from Slovakia has been taken into quarantine by Northamptonshire County Council’s trading standards service after it was illegally imported into the UK without being vaccinated against Rabies.

The puppy had been microchipped, showing the Slovakia country code on its chip number. It also had paperwork that detailed routine vaccinations and worming, but did not include a rabies vaccination.

For dogs, cats and other mammals to enter the UK, it is necessary for them to have either spent four months in approved quarantine kennels or to have complied with the requirements of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS).

Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage, county council cabinet member for Strategic infrastructure and public protection said: “It appears that the puppy arrived in this country illegally, breaching regulations that are in place to safeguard against rabies and other diseases and I am pleased that trading standards were able to act so quickly to take the dog into quarantine.

"Public health is a key priority for our county and therefore we take any infringement very seriously and will take the appropriate action as quickly as possible.

“Members of the public wishing to take their dogs abroad on holiday with them are reminded that these animals must also comply with PETS and that the process should be undertaken in good time for a holiday.”

The information about importing pets is on the gov.uk website