Santa's reindeer allowed to land in Georgia

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Santa Claus and his fleet have the "okay" to visit Georgia later this week.

Kris Kringle filled out all the appropriate paperwork and the Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture, Tommy Irvin, has granted permission for the man in red to land in the state Christmas Eve.

Certain health requirements must be met before animals can visit, or land in, Georgia, so as to not spread disease.

Georgia's State Veterinarian Dr. Carter Black told News Leader Nine, "Santa Claus is going to be landing on rooftops, it's going to be at night and our livestock are usually bedded down so we feel like this is a minimal risk for introduction of any foreign animal disease."

Santa's eight reindeer have been cleared for the landing on the night of December 24th and early morning hours of the 25th.

©2009 WTVM. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.