Furever Homes Rescue Violated Animal Welfare Act
Last December an Olympia dog rescue group violated the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) by bringing puppies from Mexico into the US that were less than than 6-months-old.
Furever Homes dog rescue brought 9 one-month-old puppies, their mother, and several other dogs to Washington on December 18.
The AWA is clear on the standards groups importing puppies must meet before they can bring them into the US from another county. Chapter 54, section 2148 (b)(1) states: “no person shall import a dog into the United States for purposes of resale unless, as determined by the Secretary, the dog – (A) is in good health; (B) has received all necessary vaccinations; and (C) is at least 6 months of age, if imported for resale.
As I said, these puppies were one month old when they arrived in Washington which violates the AWA’s minimum age for puppies.
Center for Disease Control Rules Violated Too
Furthermore, the Center for Disease Control dictates that importers who bring dogs to the United States must make sure that their dogs are adequately vaccinated against rabies before arrival. Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days prior to entry, and
puppies must be at least 4 months old.
I don’t know why the AWA says puppies coming into the US must be at least 6-months-old and the CDC says they have to be at least 4-months-old, but either way, these puppies were too young to bring into the US.
I learned about these puppies from Kimberly Rew, the woman who fostered them for Furever Homes. She also said that the group’s director, Sharon Gold, told her that she brought a load of dogs to Washington from Mexico every week.
It’s unclear if the puppies’ mother was properly vaccinated before she was brought to the US. Ms. Rew said she asked for proof of vaccinations but never received them.
But the mother was definitely not healthy. Ms. Rew said that after she brought her home she saw “tapeworms coming out of her anus.”
Rescue Used Unlicensed Transport
Ms. Rew also learned from the USDA that KB Transport, the company Ms. Gold used to bring the dogs to Washington, is not licensed with the agency to transport dogs. According to one source, Ms. Gold often uses KB Transport to bring up her weekly loads of Mexican dogs.
Another requirement of the AWA is all animals brought into the US are “accompanied by a certificate issued by a veterinarian licensed to practice veterinary medicine, certifying that he inspected the animal on a specified date, which shall not be more than ten days before such delivery, and, when so inspected, the animal appeared free of any infectious disease or physical abnormality which would endanger the animal or animals or other animals or endanger public health.”
While it is unclear if all the dogs from Mexico that arrived in Washington on December 18th had the proper health certificates, I assume they did not since Ms. Rew said the mother had tapeworms coming out of her anus.
I emailed Ms. Gold about this transport. She denied that she did anything wrong. She did say she had health certificates all the dogs but refused to send any of them to me.
This news is extremely troubling. These regulations are in place to keep diseases out of the US and protect the animals that are here.
I hope the proper authorities investigate why Sharon Gold brought the puppies and dogs into the US illegally.
In the next few days I’ll write more about Furever Homes and the litter or 9 puppies, 6 of reportedly are now dead.