King Charles Spaniel Dallas
Dallas officials removed a dog from Ebola patient Nina Pham’s apartment Monday, saying the pet will be cared for at an undisclosed location.
Pham, 26, left Bentley, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, at her M streets apartment when she drove herself to the hospital Saturday night.
“Bentley is safe with city of Dallas. Taking him to a safe place, ” Sana Syed, a city spokeswoman, said via Twitter.
She added: “He’s adorable. Clearly a little puzzled by what’s going on. But he’s in good hands now and will be taken care of.”
Animal lovers have expressed concern about the dog’s fate. There was a worldwide outcry last week after authorities in Spain euthanized a dog belonging to a nurse there who was infected with Ebola.
Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins have said they will do what they can to save the dog. Rawlings said on Sunday that city workers were “finding a very safe and isolated place” where the dog can be monitored.
The Wall Street Journal last week quoted a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization as saying, “We can’t say with absolute certainty that a dog could never pass Ebola to a human, but there is no evidence that they have played a role in outbreaks.”