Congress Considers Additional Requirements for Importation of Dogs

Senate Bill 2597, the Healthy Dog Importation Act, would require all dogs imported into the United States be in good health, be accompanied by a certificate from “a licensed veterinarian accredited by a competent veterinary authority recognized by the Secretary” demonstrating that the animal has received “all necessary vaccinations and demonstrated negative test results,” and has a permanent identification method. The bill contains exemptions for research purposes, veterinary treatment, and lawful importation into Hawaii. The bill is the Senate companion to House Bill 4239, introduced in June 2021.