Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Thursday, April 10, 1997

30-day quarantine could
go into effect in May

I am relocating to Hawaii in July. What happened to the proposal to change the pet quarantine period from four months to 30 days? If it is a question of money, I think most pet owners would gladly still pay the $600-plus if they could have their pets in 30 days.

The proposed change in rules will go back to the state Board of Agriculture, which had given its preliminary OK, on April 24 with an amendment, said state Veterinarian Calvin Lum.

The delay had nothing to do with money but centered on blood tests. The change is to allow a state-approved lab, located in Hawaii or outside, to do a second blood test. Initially, the second test had to be done by a state lab, although the first could be done elsewhere.

The change was made because the state Health Department had some last-minute concerns about the Agriculture Department's Animal Industry Division bringing in a virus or starting a lab, Lum said.

Blood tests are just one of the requirements attached to the proposed 30-day quarantine.

If the board approves the amendment, the governor also is expected to approve, which means the new quarantine law could go into effect sometime in May.

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