Paralyzed dog forcibly quarantined and risked at JFK airport

Despite what many seem to think, paralysis is not a death sentence for dogs. Dogs with limited mobility still live happily and fill a life with their humans. This way of thinking brought a paralyzed border collie mix named BlackBerry from Jordan to a new life in America.

However, when Berry finally arrived in New York, CDC employees at the airport refused to release her. Lara Abdallat, an animal lawyer who flew Berry around the world, asked the rescue organization Kris Kelly Foundation for help. She wrote:

“On August 24th, I flew a paralyzed dog from Jordan to New York – JFK. Not my first time [flying] a paralyzed dog to find a loving home [with] our American friends. All papers are verified and certified … Again, Berry is fully vaccinated, healthy but paralyzed. “

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But the officials disagreed and called the paperwork “unverifiable”. As a result, the CDC staff insisted on quarantining Berry for 28 days and told her to stay at the airport.

Abdallat continued:

“CDC wants to do a test, which we don’t mind. But [the CDC] also wants to quarantine the dog for 4-6 months and the airport facility cannot keep it there this time. Or they want us to make the one simple decision … To put Berry to sleep. “

What made the decision to hold Berry?

The CDC issued a statement about the situation, which indicated that Berry’s records gave them a break. They observed a typo in their records that, along with their condition, considered them a public health risk. The statement read:

“In this situation, the documentation on the vaccination certificate was invalid and not verifiable, the dog was injured and veterinary reports showed that this dog was showing signs of rabies. Therefore, entry was refused. “

However, animal advocates argued that the dog was likely to be in pain from changes in cabin pressure and acted accordingly. Abdallat wrote:

“Berry has a spinal injury so it is believed that the pressure in the cabin made her a little bit painful on landing. Hence the CDC thought that if she is paralyzed she may be rabid.”

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Due to their condition, BlackBerry requires additional maintenance, e.g. B. Diaper changes and medication. She also uses a wheelchair for her hind legs.

In an update on Instagram, Abdallat thanked the employees of the airport’s boarding school “The Ark”.

“I called The Ark every few hours to check on Berry. The Ark would assure me that Berry was fed, slept, played, diapers changed, etc.The manager told me, “Our employees are so attached to Berry.”

What’s going to happen to Berry now?

With no recipient, Berry became the property of Royal Jordanian Airlines. It was then up to them to decide whether to euthanize Berry or pay to get into a CDC-approved quarantine facility. Fortunately, Royal Jordanian refused euthanasia and Paws Unite People offered to pay for all Berry expenses. Meredith Festa, president of New York-based nonprofit Paws Unite People, told CBS:

“Nobody at the CDC or at Customs wants the dog to be euthanized. It just depends on the legality of the situation and there is a lot of red tape and I know the airline is very confused. “

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Berry receives another rabies shot, according to the CDC. For the next 28 days, The Ark will be looking after her. You are currently working on solving the international freight problem. For now, Berry remains in good hands while the bureaucracy is taken care of. In an update, Festa wrote:

“Due to federal regulations, it will remain the property of the airlines until its 28-day lock-up period ends on September 25, 2020. Her case will then be re-evaluated by representatives from multiple agencies and she will be released to Paws Unite People for as long as possible. “

Still happy despite her circumstances

Incredibly, Paws Unite People claims that Berry does well on The Ark.

“She is super happy and despite everything a typical 9 month old puppy.”

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In the meantime, vets were able to visit Berry at The Ark. You can help the organization with the many costs incurred in this ordeal by making a donation to Berry’s fundraiser.

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(UPDATE: An earlier version of this story indicated Festa was concerned about Berry’s care at The Ark. The quote was intended to show why CDC officials decided to detain Berry. The Ark was instrumental in keeping Berry safe.)

H / T: NY Post
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