The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 1, 2014

Obama dogs jump through hoops


The Clinton Herald

---- — HONOLULU — 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 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 can be quarantined up to 120 days.

Program Manager Isaac Maeda of Hawaii’s Rabies Quarantine Branch said that the Obamas complied with all requirements.