Spaniards protest death order for Ebola dog

2014-10-08 16:28
Excalibur, the dog of the Spanish nurse infected with Ebola, barks from her balcony in Madrid, Spain. (Andres Kudacki, AP)

Excalibur, the dog of the Spanish nurse infected with Ebola, barks from her balcony in Madrid, Spain. (Andres Kudacki, AP)

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Madrid - Spanish animal rights activists have scuffled with police as they tried to stop health workers from entering an apartment complex where they plan to remove the dog of a nursing assistant infected with Ebola so the pet can be killed.

Officers carried away some of the dozens of activists after they blocked an ambulance from entering the gated complex.

Firefighters and workers in hazardous materials suits were seen on Wednesday inside the complex, and photographers captured images of the mixed breed dog named Excalibur on the balcony of the nursing assistant's apartment.

Madrid's regional government got a court order to euthanase the dog, saying "available scientific" information can't rule out "risk of contagion".

Authorities didn't say when the dog would be taken away. Workers will also disinfect the apartment.

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