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 WVDA Waives Requirements for Horses Evacuating Irma

9/8/2017

Charleston, WV - The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) announced it will be waiving normal entry requirements for horses evacuated due to Hurricane Irma. The decision was made after the State Fair of West Virginia offered to help horse owners who are looking for temporary housing. The fair has already received several calls from owners evacuating the Carolinas.
 
"In the military, we never leave a man or woman behind. This is the least we can do to help our fellow Americans," said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. "When our state was flooded last year, our neighbors pitched in. It is time we return the favor."
 
Normally, all equines entering West Virginia from other states are required to have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued within 30 days and a negative Coggins test within the past year. State Veterinarian Dr. James Maxwell made the decision to waive those requirements after a conference call Thursday with stakeholders. Many shelters available to those evacuating will not accept large animals such as horses.
 
"This is common practice in emergency situations. Just like people, we must get animals out of harm's way," said Dr. Maxwell. "Neighboring states to Florida, like Alabama and Georgia, can run out of stall space quickly."
 
If horse owners are looking for shelter for equines, please contact the WVDA, 304-558-3200 or the State Fair of West Virginia, 304-645-1090.


Contact Information

Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director cgallagher@wvda.us, 304-558-3708 or 304-380-3922
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East State Capitol, Room E-28, Charleston, WV, 25305-0170 P: (304) 558-3550 F: (304) 558-2203

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