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Obama’s dogs, like others, face quarantine rules

December 31, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - It doesn't matter that they belong to President Barack Obama - first family dogs Bo and Sunny had to go through Hawaii's strict quarantine procedures to travel to the islands for their holiday vacation.

Hawaii is rabies-free, and all incoming dogs have to jump through several hoops, including an expensive rabies blood test. Dogs that don't meet regulations are quarantined up to 120 days.

Program Manager Isaac Maeda of Hawaii's Rabies Quarantine Branch said Monday that the Obamas complied with all requirements asked of other pet owners.

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Bo (left) and Sunny, the Obama family dogs, lie on the South Lawn of the White House on Aug. 19. It doesn't matter that they belong to President Barack Obama — first family dogs Bo and Sunny had to go through Hawaii's strict quarantine procedures to travel to the islands for their holiday vacation.
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The only difference: Maeda says a military veterinarian inspected the dogs and their paperwork on arrival at Hickam Air Force Base early Dec. 21. Other pet owners usually go through a quarantine office at Honolulu International Airport.

 
 

 

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