Honolulu, Hawaii – Hawaii is the only rabies-free state in the nation, thanks to strict quarantine rules put in place by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.
State law requires dogs, cats and other animals to be quarantined for at least three months unless they qualify for the “5 days or less” quarantine program. The expedited program requires at least two rabies vaccinations, with the most recent being at least 90 days before the pet arrives in Hawaii. It also requires a blood test to show the rabies-free status of the pet. Owners who want to use the expedited method also need have to have have a microchip ID inserted into their pet.
Bo Obama was very excited about his first trip to Hawaii, along with the first family . He had all the requirements and paperwork completed months in advance.
However, there was a small glitch upon Bo’s arrival aboard Air Force One. He was met by a quarantine official to examine his vaccination and other records. But when Bo’s microchip was scanned, it showed that he was a chihuahua instead of a Portuguese water dog that he is. He was then put in immediate quarantine.
Apparently, the quarantine official forgot to replace the batteries for his scanner so it was still showing the ID of the previous dog scanned which was indeed a chihuahua.
Two days after the glitch was discovered, Bo was subsequently released to the Obamas, with lei and all, just in time to celebrate Christmas with his family.
In the spirit of Aloha and the holidays, the Obamas did not file any formal complaint against the Agriculture official.