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Lawmakers Aim to Hold Off Another Health Threat — Importation of Sick Dogs
June 9, 2020 by AKC Government Relations

*Originally posted on InsideSources.com on June 5, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages, three members of Congress, who are also trained veterinarians, are working hard to head off a potential public health crisis with a proposed law to prevent importation of dogs that have contagious diseases.

If passed, the Healthy Dog Importation Act of 2020 (introduced May 22) will help ensure that all dogs entering the United States are healthy, fully vaccinated with a health certificate from an accredited veterinary authority in the country of origin and that each dog is microchipped so individual health records can be verified upon arrival here.

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