Charleston, W.Va. - The West Virginia
Department of Agriculture (WVDA) announced it is waiving movement entry
requirements for animals evacuated into West Virginia due to Hurricane Dorian.
Meanwhile, the State Fair of West Virginia is offering temporary shelter for
evacuated equine. The State Fair can accommodate up to 100 horses.
“West Virginians are
always quick to respond to those in need. To those seeking refuge from the
hurricane's path, West Virginia is here for you,” said Commissioner of
Agriculture Kent Leonhardt.
Normally, all equine
entering West Virginia from other states are required to have a Certificate of
Veterinary Inspection issued within 30 days and a negative Coggins test within
the past year. State Veterinarian Dr. James Maxwell made the decision to waive
“Just like people, we
must get animals out of harm’s way,” said Dr. Maxwell. “This is common practice
in emergency situations.”
The State Fair is
requesting anyone seeking accommodations do so by calling in advance to
304-645-1090 during business hours and 304-667-5089 after hours (4:30 p.m.).
Owners will be responsible for the care of their own animals. There will be no
stalling fee for horses. Owners wishing to camp can do so at a minimal charge
of $15 per night for full hook ups.
The State Fair of West Virginia is located in
Fairlea, in Greenbrier County, just off the I-64 exit.
Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director email@example.com, 304-558-3708 or 304-380-3922