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Pet owner appeals to minister over ‘accidental’ quarantine

THE OWNER of a dog which has to spend six months in quarantine because of a mistake on her pet passport has appealed to a Government minister for help.

Paul Bowler was stopped at Calais, in France, while going home to Brighton with his Dobermann, Rosie. An anomaly on her passport showed Rosie had been microchipped, vaccinated and blood tested as required by law - but in the wrong order.

Mr Bowler said the error was procedural, but the Government stressed conditions had not been met. It dates back six years, and shows that Rosie was vaccinated before being microchipped, rather than the other way round.

Mr Bowler said her passport also clearly shows she had five rabies injections in the past seven years. ‘It was just a week's break that we took and when I brought her back to Calais the French official noticed that there was a discrepancy in the passport and wouldn't allow us back in,’ he said.

But the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA said: ‘The animal must firstly be micro-chipped in order to identify it.

‘It must then be vaccinated against rabies, then blood tested, and then wait six months from the date the blood sample was taken provided the blood test result was satisfactory.’

A statement explained that if all the conditions of the Pet Travel Scheme are not met, then the animal must enter quarantine.

Rosie's quarantine bill is being paid by the vet who carried out the first rabies vaccination, as the surgery is liable for the mistake.

However, Mr Bowler has said that is no consolation for not having Rosie at home with him, and he has appealed to the Environment Secretary, Hillary Benn to intervene, in an effort to get Rosie out of quarantine.