18 April 2000
French disease kills pet passport dog

A DOG has died from a disease picked up in France after travelling with its owners under the pet passport scheme.

Bliss, an 11-year-old West Highland terrier, died after contracting Babesia canis, a disease carried by ticks, reports The Daily Telegraph.

It is the first animal under the Pet Travel Scheme to die from a disease contracted abroad.

Opponents of pet passports have warned that diseases infecting livestock and wildlife could be brought into Britain as a result of the scheme.

  • The Daily Telegraph 18/04/2000 page 1