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Australian court: Infected dog from Singapore cannot stay

Judge throws out owner's appeal; pet must return to S'pore or be put down

Published on Dec 27, 2013 7:54 AM

An Australian appeal court has ordered that an infected dog from Singapore be either deported or put down by the owner.

The seven-year-old dalmatian, which was born in Queensland in 2007 and then taken to live here for some five years, was following its Singapore-based owner, who decided to move to Adelaide.

But Pepper was found to be infected with a condition called Canine Monocytic Ehrlichiosis (CME), which is caused by a parasitic organism that infects the blood cells of dogs.

On Monday, the federal court dismissed owner Tejinder Singh Sekhon's appeal to have the order for the dog's removal reviewed.

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Unless Mr Singh takes the case further to the Federal Court of Appeal, the export order against Pepper, which has been stayed since last November, has to be carried out by Monday -seven days after the judgment.