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What a ridiculous law


tomcat e2
9 6.0k 15 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2010 7:58PM
see here


Quote:but Echo has to stay in quarantine for six months



We are not talking about holidaymakers or the like trying to smuggle their pets into the country, or people who are coming to reside here after spending some considerable time away from these shores.

This is a search and rescue dog, on whom no doubt, considerable time and money has been spent.

His reward for assisting those less fortunate than himself, is to be cooped up for six months, away from his handler.

Surely in this day and age, there must be some fast-track method of determining whether he has contracted or carries the rabies virus?

I would be more worried about the possibility of the virus arriving in this country from across the channel.

Adrian

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podgod 10 494 3 Scotland
24 Jan 2010 8:27PM
At least they are not putting the dogs down like they used to.
User_Removed 8 2.1k 7 England
24 Jan 2010 8:31PM
I think race horses and eventing horses that travel overseas for competitions are able to return to their stables in the UK which are deemed to be a quarantine zone.

But I guess a place like Haiti is full of disease at the moment, but maybe the people returning should be in quarantine too?!
wing 10 453 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2010 8:35PM
What is even more worrying is, six months quarantine, if true, will almost certainly mean that Echo will have performed it's last rescue mission.
The handler was finding it more and more difficult to justify his and the dogs role and was increasingly being asked to take Echo around shopping Malls and schools to carry out community services. Something that doesn't fit in too well with a highly trained rescue dog.
Finances had been cut back for a further two dogs already in the process of being trained.
Personally I think these dogs and their handlers are worth their weight in gold and more, not less money should be provided for training! Especially when we are seeing more and more of these events taking place around the world. I hope the authority concerned sit up and take notice of what these rescuers have achieved and of their worth.
User_Removed 8 2.1k 7 England
24 Jan 2010 8:40PM
But how often are these dogs used in the UK. I really don't know, maybe a lot. But maybe if they are not used a lot here they should be funded by the UN or something. Not sure we should pay for them to be used in other countries. But then maybe they should. I don't really know anything about them. Maybe I should just shut up now.
tomcat e2
9 6.0k 15 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2010 8:41PM
Well put Paul and thanks for the info.
Come the day Echo might be required in this country, or one of our diminishing dependencies, he will no longer be available.

Hobbs...I believe you are correct re racehorses, though that is more to do with equine flue than rabies.
I take your point though, regarding the spread of disease by human kind.

Adrian
discreetphoton e2
10 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2010 8:57PM

Quote:Surely in this day and age, there must be some fast-track method of determining whether he has contracted or carries the rabies virus?

Quarantine's not just for rabies though. Animals are particularly susceptible to all kinds of parasites, and they do not always show up straight away. It would be too expensive to test them for everything, so time is the favoured approach. The animals can't tell you their symptoms (not specifically anyway, and only to the people that really know them well).
It's actually a wonder that people don't get routinely quarantined, the way things are going in airports.
(Not saying I don't agree with you Adrian, just that there are other factors at work)
wing 10 453 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2010 8:59PM
The Dogs, as well as being trained for search and rescue are also trained to sniff out the use of accelerants after suspicious fires and are used quite often in this country.
Wherever there is a building, tunnel or sewer collapse with the possibility of persons being trapped. I have also heard of them being used to locate missing persons, once suspected of being in a particular area, as well as people trapped/lost under ice.
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
24 Jan 2010 9:08PM
Words fail me Adrian...

( You know where I am coming from )
tepot 10 4.4k United Kingdom
24 Jan 2010 9:24PM
As hobbs said, maybe they should aslo quaranteen people too when they come through immigration, there was a case recently of a bloke boarding a plane and flying from pennsylvania to San francisco and they found he had malaria when he stepped off the plane.

Terry.
Big Bri 13 15.6k United Kingdom
24 Jan 2010 9:36PM

Quote:Words fail me Adrian...


There's a first time for everything I guess Wink
dark_lord e2
10 1.5k 140 England
24 Jan 2010 9:54PM

Quote:hey found he had malaria when he stepped off the plane


Worrying if he didn't have it when he got on Wink
SuziBlue 12 16.2k 10 Scotland
24 Jan 2010 10:08PM

Quote:Quote:hey found he had malaria when he stepped off the plane

Worrying if he didn't have it when he got on



LOL!! wipes eyes .. hahahaha ...

Damn shame about Echo though. If it's the case that he could have picked up parasites then can't these be picked up with blood tests and so on? Six months in quarantine for such a valuable dog seems so OTT. But then, I'm not a vet .. and how will quarantine affect a dog particularly when it's used to working and being with a loving handler.
rowarrior 6 4.4k 9 Scotland
24 Jan 2010 10:11PM

Quote:Quote:hey found he had malaria when he stepped off the plane

Worrying if he didn't have it when he got on



Hee hee, it had crossed my mind too
Xiaoli 6 661 14 South Africa
24 Jan 2010 10:14PM
I can understand the need on one hand for protection against Rabies but other countries waive this kind of legislation for working dogs

More on the quarantine issue HERE

This isn't the first dog quarantined like this - DARCY and CHARCO

Parliamentary discussion in November 2009 on this issue HERE

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