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Proposed testing could limit dog adoptions in Wisconsin

Eau Claire (WQOW) – New proposed regulations would make it harder for out-of-state dogs to find sanctuary in Wisconsin shelters.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protections proposed regulations that would require all dogs from out of state test negative for Brucella canis, a rare bacterial infection and heart worm.

Dane County Humane Society Public Relations Coordinator Marissa DeGroot told News 18 these regulations would unjustly keep thousands of dogs from entering the state, because she said Brucella canis test is expensive and often inaccurate.

“There’s a high false-positive rate that can even be up to 60 percent false-positive rate, so that’s just not something that we feel is going to give us good results of whether an animal is healthy or not,” DeGroot said.

Last year, nearly 3,000 out-of-state dogs were adopted after transferring to the Wisconsin Humane Society.

DeGroot said the public can submit comments to DATCP until the end of the day by email. 


Emily Shepardson

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