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Rescue dog hit by quarantine laws

Darcy
Quarantine laws mean Darcy will have to remain in the kennel for six months

The only search and rescue dog working with emergency services in Essex has been put out of commission for six months by quarantine laws.

Dog handler John Ball, a firefighter based in Brentwood, has just returned from working with a team in the aftermath of the Indonesian earthquake.

His four-year-old border collie Darcy also went to Indonesia and as a result has now been quarantined in Colchester.

Mr Ball wants quarantine laws for working animals like Darcy changed.

Darcy will be unable to help in any local or national operations for six months.



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