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A family which is waiting to invite a Romanian dog into their home has actually introduced a petition prompting the Government to raise an import restriction.

Lisa and Paul Sharp are in limbo waiting to discover when their dog Zac will have the ability to take a trip over from his foster home to Bourne after the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has actually prohibited the import of rescue dogs.

Earlier this year, the couple in addition to kids Lindsay, Maddie and Ethan had actually already embraced Zac’s sis Nova – both puppies belonged to a litter discovered disposed on a wasteland in a plastic bag – from charity Paws.

Lisa Sharp and her Romanian rescue dogs Nova and Zac (56938611)

DEFRA enforced a restriction on importing ‘dogs, cats and ferrets from Ukraine, Belarus, Poland or Romania’ for rehoming and sale over rabies worries and minimal quarantine areas.

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Mrs Sharp has actually been informed that the restriction is most likely to be in location up until July 9 and has actually now introduced a petition to ask DEFRA to evaluate and reassess this restriction.


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She said: “We were due to find out on May 14 about what the next steps were going to be and now DEFRA is saying it will be another two months.

Lisa Sharp is waiting to adopt Zac, who is in Romania (56938596)

“Paws are a legitimate charity that have worked hard for so many years and have checks in place. They are being punished by this blanket ban and resources are starting to run down.

“I want to raise awareness of the problems faced by this legitimate charity.”

Zac and Nova belonged to a litter discovered disposed on a wasteland in a plastic bag without their mum last fall. Thankfully the charity had actually had the ability to find her down and reunite them.

Reunited: Puppies were reunited with their mum after being disposed on a wasteland
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Nova’s sensational face made her stick out to the family, who chose her up from Birmingham in March and she has now end up being a fundamental part of the family.

She said: “She has brought such unconditional love to us all. She has fitted in with the family like a dream. We now fight over where she is going to sleep.”

The family later on decided to likewise adopt Zac, who requires to go to a home with another dog.

Nova and Zac in the plastic bag they were discovered in

But while they waited on the documentation to be finished, the restriction entered location.

Mrs Sharp said: “The charity is very clear that the animals have all of there vaccinations, passport and paperwork. They go through the DEFRA checks before they come to the UK.


“We were hoping the two puppies will grow up together.”

Nova enjoying her very first walk

Defra says the procedure has actually been enforced to safeguard human and animal health and help authorities to continue prioritising refugees getting away Ukraine with their animals.

A Defra representative said: “Animals without the correct vaccinations and confirmatory tests pose a real disease threat to both our own beloved animals and to people whilst also impacting the rabies-free status we have held for many years.

“Given the serious health risks to humans and animals and following a number of serious instances of non-compliance, we have temporarily suspended commercial imports from four specific countries.

Nova has become an important part of the Sharp family

“This is an emergency measure to keep people’s pets safe and help us to continue prioritising refugees fleeing Ukraine with their pets.”

To assistance Mrs Shar’s petition go to:

Nova as a puppy
Lisa Sharp is waiting to adopt Zac, who remains in Romania (56938593)
Paul Sharp with Nova
Nova on her very first day with her brand-new family
Nova delighting in life in her brand-new home
Nova settling into life in Bourne

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