24.0317 Dog and cat importation prohibited-Exceptions.

Cite as [A.S.A.C. § 24.0317]

Importation of dogs or cats into American Samoa is strictly prohibited; provided, however, that:

(1) importation of dogs or cats into American Samoa is permitted from the following rabies free areas: Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia, subject to terms and conditions from time to time established by the department of agriculture in response to changing local and foreign problems of disease control ;

(2) importation of domestic dogs and cats into American Samoa is also permitted from the continental United States, the Territory of Guam, and the Pacific Island Trust Territories subject to terms and conditions from time to time established by the department of agriculture in response to changing local and foreign problems of disease control. Included therewith, with regard to dogs or cats from the continental United States, Guam, or Trust Territories, is mandatory quarantine in the state of Hawaii for a period to be determined by the department of agriculture;

(3) importation of domestic dogs and cats into American Samoa from Western Samoa shall be entirely subject to the terms and conditions of entry then in existence; the director of agriculture at any time is empowered to entirely prohibit entry of dogs or cats from Western Samoa or to allow entry upon such conditions as he then sees fit;

(4) the director of agriculture shall, due to the unique and delicate nature of disease control on a small island, propagate from time to time and as he sees fit, terms and conditions of entry into American Samoa of domestic dogs and cats. The director shall at all times make available to the public a copy of this section and the terms and conditions of entry aforementioned; furthermore copies of both shall be provided to the department of manpower resources as well as to all employers hiring off-island person¬nel at their request, as well as to all air carriers doing business in the territory;

(5) compliance with the provisions of this section and the terms and conditions of entry shall be the sole responsibility of the dog or cat owner. Any dog or cat arriving in American Samoa without prior, complete compliance with the terms and conditions of entry then in existence shall be subject to immediate return to its place of origin at the owner’s expense, or, in the alternative, if the owner is unavailable or unable or unwilling to bear the cost of returning the dog or cat to its place of origin, shall be immediately destroyed.

History: Rule 2-78, eff 4 Apr 78, § 3 (b) (l);and Rule 8-78, eff 21 Sep 78, § 3.