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Date this alert was on the Cats and Dogs homepage: 28 February 2013 - 13 March 2013
Alert conditions still apply unless otherwise notified.

Post entry quarantine is a part of the system that minimises the risks of exotic pest and disease entering Australia and affecting our animals.

The Byford Post Entry Quarantine Facility in Western Australia, which houses cats and dogs, has temporarily ceased the intake of animals until 31 May, 2013, in response to an unacceptable bushfire risk.

DAFF’s main concern is to ensure the safety of staff and animals at the facility at a time of heightened bushfire activity.

The decision to close the facility until 31 May aligns the potential reopening with the end of the restricted burning period in the Byford area.

Bushfires are a feature of Australian life and we do everything we can to be prepared for and manage the risk of fires.

In making the decision DAFF considered the facility’s location in an extreme bushfire hazard area and the fire mitigation measures already in place along with our concerns for the health and welfare of our staff and of the animals in our care.

During the closure, all animals will be accommodated in alternative DAFF quarantine facilities. Those with cats or dogs booked into the Byford facility should call +61 2 6272 4454 to find out more.

Media should contact 02 6272 3488 or email DAFF

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