Law that rarely gets enforced could cost you money
id you know that if you bring a pet into
Michigan or even if your relatives do, you need documentation to cross state lines?
ell that's actually the law and many people don't even know it.
he state wants you buy a certificate through a private vet
narian before you bring a pet into
Michigan, yet it's almost certain that you will never get asked for proof that your animal is certified.
certification of veter
is what the state says you must have to transport your family pet from one state to another.
he certification itself lasts only 30 days and could cost you nearly a hundred dollars to get your pet checked and certified by a veter
his same policy applies
to exotic and farm animals.
The biggest thing that I think the state is concerned about is then caring communicable diseases
," said Pamela Grimes, Jensen's Animal Hospital DVM. "N
ot only between other animals but what is called a zootomic disease
which is a disease that could be transferred from animals to humans
f the state is concerned about diseases, that must mean they've be cracking down on pet owners making sure they have the documentation.
We are not actively out enforcing it
we are passively doing it
" Dr. James Averill, Michigan's State Veterinarian said.
n fact the state has not penalized anyone this year or last and if you are caught
the state says it's likely they will only give you a warning.
f somebody's driving to
grandma's house, I don't think many people will get a health certificate," Graves said.
ut the state insists that this certification is essential to keeping our pets safe.
Do you really want to be the person that is at fault for
a disease being spread across the state and that's one of those ethical questions people has to ask themselves," Dr. Averill said.
he certification document is issued by the federal government and all 50 states participate in the process.
it's been a requirement for traveling