CGI's Samantha: Spanish Ebola Patient’s Dog Is Put to Death
Posted By: Susoni
Date: Thursday, 9-Oct-2014 15:16:51
But authorities there decided the pet dog was useless and had to go. Instead of waiting for him to be checked, he was killed. So unfair!!
MADRID—Spanish authorities, ignoring protests by animal-rights activists, killed the dog of a nursing aide infected with Ebola.
Excalibur, a 12-year-old rescue dog, had been left at home alone after Teresa Romero tested positive for the virus and was quarantined in a hospital on Monday. Ms. Romero’s husband, Javier Limón, checked into the same isolation ward for observation, but only after leaving enough food and water to sustain the animal for weeks. The couple has no children.
On Tuesday, Madrid’s regional government obtained a court order to put Excalibur down, citing a risk that the 12-year-old mixed-breed dog might be infected with Ebola and could pass the virus to humans.
Responding to an appeal by Mr. Limón, a small crowd of animal-rights activists gathered that evening for an all-night vigil outside the couple’s apartment complex on Madrid’s outskirts, trying to safeguard Excalibur. They demanded that the dog be given the benefit of the doubt and quarantined for testing.
Spain is now reporting that this EBOLA case is likely to be by human error.