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Santa's reindeer cleared for deliveries in Pennsylvania

All 9 reindeer given clean bill of health

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Santa Claus has been given the all-clear to make his traditional Christmas Eve trek across Pennsylvania.

The state's veterinarian, Dr. David R. Wolfgang, announced Thursday that a team of reindeer from Alaska have been given a clean bill of health, allowing them to cross state lines and make deliveries on December 24 to "good girls and boys" in all 67 Pennsylvania counties.

"Nine very small reindeer belonging to one Santa Claus, of 25 Candy Cane Lane, were cleared for travel for the purpose of delivering toys," Wolfgang said. "Though these animals possessed some unusual physical capabilities, they were extraordinarily healthy, despite one's glaringly red nose."

Wolfgang said his counterpart in Alaska, state veterinarian Dr. Robert F. Gerlach, has supplied him with a certificate of veterinary inspection and permit to ship, valid for 30 days.

Such certificates, Wolfgang said, are required as an assurance that contagious diseases are not carried across state lines.


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