Quarantine may scupper rescue.(News)(Brief Article)

Rescue dog handlers are warning that current quarantine regulations could preclude their dogs from assisting in urban search and rescue tasks in the event era major disaster in the UK. Under current law dogs entering the UK--including rescue dogs--must remain in quarantine for six weeks, to prevent diseases such as rabies getting into the UK.

Handlers are warning that with the number of missions overseas the dogs could be in quarantine when an attack strikes, with few rescue dogs in the UK, and yet fewer specifically trained in urban search and rescue, the impact of quarantine could seriously reduce the rescue capability in the UK. …

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