THIS WEEK IN 1994: Rabies fear over new pet plan

Deborah Flynn with quarantined dog Penny at kennels in Burridge.
Deborah Flynn with quarantined dog Penny at kennels in Burridge.
THEN: Full of life and shops galore  the eastern end of Highland Road in Edwardian days with Kassassin Street on the right.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: Snapshot of life in Edwardian Portsmouth

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Plans to scrap stringent rabies safeguards prompted horror in Portsmouth.

Experts warned that proposals by MPs could trigger the return of the disease, which killed half of those it infected.

A report from the select committee of agriculture was said to be in favour of ending the six-month quarantine rules and bringing in a vaccination scheme and a pet passport.

Britain had been rabies-free since 1922 and quarantine was a tried and tested method that kept it that way, said Portsmouth south MP David Martin.

The report was said to recommend animals also have a microchip tag inserted in the scruff of their necks which could be checked by scanners.