British family slams 'farcical' pet rule left Ukrainians stranded
British family slams ‘farcical’ pet rules which have left their Ukrainian surrogate mother stranded at Calais
- Heather Easton, 32, from Rugby, Warwickshire, has lambasted ‘nightmare’ rules
- Vita Lysenko, 35, from Ukraine, was a surrogate mother for the British woman
- The Ukrainian surrogate mother gave birth in January, just before the invasion
- Mrs Lysenko and her family escaped to Calais before hitting UK bureaucracy
- ‘Farcical’ rules in the UK prevented the Ukrainians entering with their dog, Musy
A British mother trying to rescue the woman who was the surrogate for her baby has lambasted ‘farcical’ pet rules that blocked her efforts.
Heather and Mark Easton travelled to Ukraine in January to pick up their daughter Sophie after suffering eight years of fertility heartbreak.
They returned a fortnight before the invasion and have since been trying to help surrogate Vita Lysenko, 35, her husband Andrii Shemshur, 62, their son Nazar, three, and family dog Musy find safety in the UK.
Heather Easton (pictured), 32, from Rugby, Warwickshire, who coordinated the rescue of the Ukrainian woman who was the surrogate for her baby, has lambasted ‘farcical’ UK pet rules that blocked her efforts.
Vita Lysenko, 35, from Ukraine, finally crossed from Calais to Dover by ferry yesterday with her husband Andrii Shemshur, 62, their son Nazar, three, and family dog Musy
Ex-nanny Mrs Easton, 32, found a sponsor who offered the Ukrainian family an apartment near her home in Rugby, Warwickshire.
The refugees travelled to Calais and their visas were approved after Mrs Easton spent hours each day on the phone to the authorities.
But UK authorities told the family they could not travel with the dog without a licence, specialist transport and a space in a UK quarantine kennel.
Mrs Easton said they were all ‘exhausted’ due to the ‘nightmare’ rules.
The refugees were finally able to take a ferry to Dover yesterday.
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