Shutdown puts an ocean between Charlotte family and their dog

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Shutdown puts an ocean between Charlotte family and their dog

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by WCNC.com staff

WCNC.com

Posted on October 12, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 12 at 2:00 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A couple of kids from Charlotte are among the Americans feeling the effects of the government shutdown.

It’s preventing them from a reunion with their family dog, and they now have a message for the president and Congress.

“She can’t come because of you. Will you please stop bickering, so we can get our dog back?” Hope and Connor Holloway say on a YouTube video.

Their dog Eiffel is not yet able to join them at their new, year-long home in England. Law requires a government official to sign paperwork before the dog can board a plane to cross the ocean. The shutdown is slowing the process.

“Her paperwork was on the desk of the USDA Tuesday to be signed, and they didn’t come in on Tuesday,” Ellen Holloway said. “They were so sad. I think it’s starting to change to a little bit made now, but that’s dragging on for so long.”

Once the shutdown ends and the papers are signed, the Holloways will have to wait 14 days to bring over Eiffel. She has to be quarantined once she arrives in England.

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