On August 6, NPPC put out a press release stating that USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced a federal order putting additional requirements in place for dogs imported to the U.S. from African swine fever positive countries. Currently, the United States is still free from ASF.
At the spring Legislative Action Conference, NPPC brought up attention on imported rescue dogs potentially serving as disease carriers from bedding, crates, or coats.
Effective immediately, USDA has explained that there must be written documentation verifying completion of the following requirements:
- The dog(s) and their shipping crate/container must be free of dirt, wood shavings, hay, straw, or any other organic/natural bedding material.
- All bedding that accompanies the dog(s) during transit must be properly disposed of at the U.S. post-entry point(s) of concentration.
- Each dog must have an ISO-compliant microchip implanted, and the individual microchip number must be verified immediately before each animal is bathed.
- Each dog must be bathed at the U.S. post-entry point(s) of concentration within two calendar days of arrival in the United States. Bathing must be documented in the Veterinary Services Dog Import Record.
Dr. Liz Wagstrom, NPPC Chief Veterinarian, stated, “Each year, several thousand dogs enter the country for resale or adoption. If even one of these animals carried ASF into the country, it could put the U.S. swine herd and other livestock in jeopardy and have disastrous consequences for our nation’s agriculture sector.” She adds, “We thank USDA for implementing these additional safety measures to prevent the spread of ASF to the United States.”