C4 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1996 INTERNATIONAL THE SALINA JOURNAL TPETS Pet quarantine rules may end The Associated Press Model Elizabeth Hurley walks her dog in Littleton, England. British rules restrict pet travel outside the country. By ROBERT SEELY Tlie Associated Press LONDON — Supermodel Elizabeth Hurley, painter David Hockney and the last colonial governor of Hong Kong are very public Britons who share a very British passion — their pets. All three live outside the country. And all three are furious about a British law that means they can't bring their pets along when they come home. Quarantine rules mean the pets face loneliness — and even illness or death — during a mandatory six months in confinement. The law, introduced in 1901 to keep rabies off the sceptered isle, still stands even though there hasn't been a case of animal- born rabies for more than 25 years. Now, the government is considering scrapping the quarantine law, under pressure from people pining for their loved ones and complaints from the likes of Hurley and Hockney. "Like thousands of diplomats, service and business families around the world, I feel the present British quarantine rules are preposterous," Hong Kong governor Christopher Patten told The Times of London. "And yes, I have told the prime minister what I think. There is no scientific basis for them and they risk cruelty to animals," said the popular Patten, who is widely touted as a future prime minister. Patten, due back next year when the colony is handed over to Chinese rule, frolicked with his two small brown Norfolk terriers for British television cameras. He hopes the laws are repealed by the time they accompany him home. Hockney, who captured Britain's Swinging Sixties in a series of portraits, recently charmed his countrymen with paintings of his dachshunds, Stanley and Boodgie. They stay behind in Los Angeles on his frequent visits to England. Hurley — whose English-rose looks made her the face of Estee Lander cosmetics — also complains about having to leave her dog in Los Angeles when she conies home. Agriculture Minister Douglas Hogg has said he was considering a review of quarantine laws. A parliamentary committee in 1994 unanimously called for the laws to be dropped, and the death of two dogs in kennels last month brought the debate back to the front pages. The owner of one of the dogs was a retired senior NATO commander, Air Chief Marshall Sir Michael Stear. He has said he believes his 2-year-old golden retriever, Hunter, died from "the effects of stress and environmental deprivation." The other dog that died, a 13-year-old English cocker spaniel named Mr. Bogie, belonged to Danish diplomat Henrik Sorensen. After two months in kennels, Mr. Bogie was diagnosed with cancer and put down. • T HEALTH VD outbreak spreads in Russia By The Associated Press MOSCOW — Sexually transmitted diseases have spread to near- epidemic scale in Russia and medical institutions are unable to cope. The number of Russians infected with syphilis this year has risen by 60 percent in comparison with the previous year, Alexei Karpeyev, head of the health ministry's venereal diseases department, told top health officials Tuesday. Of every 100,000 Russians, 177 are now infected with syphilis, compared to an average of three per 100,000 in European countries, the ITAR-Tass news agency quoted him as saying. Karpeyev attributed the rapid spread of venereal diseases to the growing number of prostitute rings in Russia. He said medical officials have been slow to take protective measures and effective drugs are scarce. There's more on cable than you think! A&E, Lifetime, Discovery, BET, Nickelodeon, The Learning Channel. Install cable for $ 9.95 and a donation of any non-perishable food item for Salina's Emergency Aid Food Bank now through Nov. 15,1996. * Some restrictions apply. Offer available In cabled areas only. GUI NOW 825-7151 TCI of Kansas, Inc. We're taking television into tonwrruw. I MISTAKEN IDENTITY 'Dead' backpacker returns home Briton was presumed dead when passport found on dead man By The Associated Press OADBY, England — A 25-year- old British man who had been backpacking through Thailand returned home Tuesday, nearly in time for his funeral. Paul Cunningham's parents were preparing to bury their son, whom police said was found unconscious in northern Malaysia on Oct. 9 and died at a hospital. Malaysian police said Cunningham had been attempting to smuggle heroin when he suffered an overdose: He had swallowed 40 condoms filled with heroin and one had burst opened inside his stomach, Malaysian news reports said. Based on the dead man's passport, authorities notified the British Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and the sad news was passed on to Cunningham's parents in Oadby, 80 miles northwest ofLondon. Cunningham's family made funeral arrangements while waiting for his body to be flown home. On Tuesday, the young man re- T LOST AND FOUND The Associated Press Paul Cunningham, who was presumed dead, and girlfriend Rachel Drummond arrive Tuesday in London. turned. Not only back to England, but back from the dead. Authorities realized Cunningham's demise had been premature when he walked into the British Embassy in Bangkok on Friday to report he'd lost his passport last month and needed a new one, The Times of London reported Tuesday. Embassy officials told Cunningham: "We thought you were dead. Even your funeral has been arranged." Authorities say Cunningham's lost passport apparently found its way onto the black market, where it was sold and altered to represent the man who died in Malaysia. Lost ring turns up three years later inside moose Woman almost faints when she finds ring while cooking entrails By The Associated Press OSLO, Norway — When Evelyn Noestmo lost her gold ring three years ago, she hoped it might turn up someday. But in a pot of wild moose entrails? Noestmo lost the ring in early 1993 as she and her husband worked to push their car out of a snowdrift, newspapers reported Tuesday. "We searched and searched in the snow and slush, without finding a trace of the ring that I bought for her 20 years earlier," said Asbjoern Noestmo, her husband and mayor of the village of Malvik, near Trondheim in central Norway. This fall, Noestmo's hunting party bagged a bull moose 9 miles from the snowdrift where the ring was lost. On Sunday, Noestmo was cooking moose entrails as a treat for their dog, Tina, when she spotted a shiny object — the ring. It had the same distinctive stone and a crack on the side, which was the reason it fell off in the first place. 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