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Law that rarely gets enforced could cost you money

T he state wants you buy a certificate through a private vet e r i narian before you bring a pet into Michigan, yet its almost certain that you will never get asked for proof that your animal is certified.


D

id you know that if you bring a pet into
Michigan or even if your relatives do, you need documentation to cross state lines?


W

ell that's actually the law and many people don't even know it.


T

he state wants you buy a certificate through a private vet

e

r

i

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.


A

certification of veter

i

narian inspection


is what the state says you must have to transport your family pet from one state to another.


T

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

i

narian.


T

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

."


I

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.


I

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.


"I

f somebody's driving to
grandma's house, I don't think many people will get a health certificate," Graves said.


B

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.


T

he certification document is issued by the federal government and all 50 states participate in the process.


S

ince 1988

,

it's been a requirement for traveling
Michiganders.

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