Should Dallas Ebola Patient's Dog Be Saved?
The Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola sends an encouraging message, and her dog is being cared for. But some are questioning the dog’s fate. INSIDE EDITION explains.
Should a dog's life be saved? Bentley, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the beloved pet of the Dallas nurse stricken with Ebola.
A hazmat team removed Bentley from 26-year-old Nina Pham's apartment and he is being kept in quarantine at a secret location. Officials say Bentley won't be euthanized.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said, “We're going to take good care of that dog!”
But as much as we love dogs, is that the right call?
Even the CDC says dogs "must be considered a potential [Ebola] risk factor...through licking, biting or grooming."
Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber told INSIDE EDITION, "When they took Bentley away they had all of their protective garb on to make sure there would be no spread, just in case. I think that, right now, is the most aggressive we should be."
Watch INSIDE EDITION's Interview with Werber
A neighbor of Pham says he's concerned that Bentley could spread Ebola, saying, “If this is as deadly as they say do you want to allow, I mean, do you want to destroy all traces of the disease?”
Bentley is being cared for by vets from Texas A&M University.
"He’s adorable, clearly a little puzzled by what's going on. But he's in good hands," said a statement.
Pham clearly adores Bentley. Her Pinterest page is filled with photos of dogs, mostly Spaniels like Bentley.
So far, Bentley is luckier than Excalibur, the pet of a nurse from Spain who contracted Ebola. Despite violent demonstrations by protestors, Excalibur was euthanized.
Pham is speaking out today, saying, "I’m doing well and want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers. I am blessed by the support of family and friends and cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world."
The pretty nurse received a blood transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly, who famously survived Ebola.
Meanwhile, NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman is apologizing today for violating quarantine when she stopped by a New Jersey restaurant for a bowl of soup.
Her NBC colleague, Matt Lauer, read Dr. Snyderman’s apology on the Today show, “As a health professional I know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public, but I am deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused.”
She has been ordered to stay home and police are making sure she does.
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