British family slam ‘wacky’ pet rules that left Ukrainian surrogate stranded in Calais

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British family slam ‘wacky’ pet rules that left their Ukrainian surrogate stranded in Calais

  • Heather Easton, 32, from Rugby, Warwickshire, blasted the ‘nightmare’ rules
  • Vita Lysenko, 35, from Ukraine, was a surrogate for the British woman
  • Ukrainian surrogate mother gave birth in January, just before the invasion
  • Ms Lyssenko and her family fled to Calais before reaching the UK bureaucracy
  • ‘Wacky’ rules in the UK have prevented Ukrainians from entering with their dog, Musy

A British mum trying to save the woman who was her baby’s surrogate has blasted ‘wacky’ pet rules that have stalled her efforts.

Heather and Mark Easton traveled to Ukraine in January to pick up their daughter Sophie after eight years of fertility grief.

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 the family dog ​​Musy find safety UK.

Heather Easton (pictured), 32, from Rugby, Warwickshire, who coordinated the rescue of the Ukrainian woman who was her baby’s surrogate, has blasted ‘wacky’ UK pet rules that have blocked her efforts

Vita Lyssenko, 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

Vita Lyssenko, 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

The UK told the family they could not travel with the dog without a permit, specialist transport and space in a UK quarantine kennel.  Pictured: Three-year-old Nazar and family dog ​​Musy

The UK told the family they could not travel with the dog without a permit, specialist transport and space in a UK quarantine kennel. Pictured: Three-year-old Nazar and family dog ​​Musy

Ex-nanny Ms Easton, 32, found a sponsor who offered the Ukrainian family a flat near their home in Rugby, Warwickshire.

The refugees made it to Calais and their visas were approved after Ms Easton spent hours each day on the phone with the authorities.

But UK authorities have told the family they cannot travel with the dog without a licence, specialist transport and space in a UK quarantine kennel.

Ms Easton said they were all ‘exhausted’ due to the ‘nightmare’ rules.

The refugees were finally able to catch a ferry to Dover yesterday.

HGV driver Mr Easton, 39, had flown to Paris to help the family collect their visas and drove with them to Calais to catch the ferry to Dover.

Ms Easton launched a Just give page to raise funds for Miss Lysenko and her family to help them settle in the UK.

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