Upcoming dog import ban causing chaos for dog rescues

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By Mike Renzella

The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND—As of September 28, Canada will implement a new policy indefinitely banning the import of commercial dogs, including rescue dogs, from over 100 countries considered to be at high-risk of canine rabies. 

The policy, pushed forward by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), has been heavily criticized by animal rights activists and dog rescue operations across Canada. Countries placed under the import ban include Ukraine, Afghanistan, the Phillipines, and China, a country where dogs remain at high risk of being sold into the meat market.