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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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