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