Animal Lovers Unite to Save Dog Exposed to Ebola


The Ebola virus crisis has officially hit the pet arena. Pet lovers all over the world are joining the fight to prevent the euthanization of Excalibur, a dog owned by a Spanish nurse who is fighting the virus. 


The nurse, Teresa Romero Ramos, and her husband, Javier Limon Romero, are 

quarantined, and Spanish authorities want to take the extra precautionary step of putting their mixed-breed pooch to sleep, fearing Excalibur could potentially spread the disease, despite not having displayed any signs of the disease. Not surprisingly, Romero was mortified by the idea of euthanizing Excaliber. He took to the Web to express his discontent, saying he refused orders to surrender his dog to the authorities. 


Since then, concerned pet lovers have rallied fervently on social media. Using the #salvemosaexcalibur hashtag—save Excalibur in Spanish—dog lovers are sending Spanish officials a strong message: Don’t mess with Excalibur. The consensus shared among most who are impassioned about the situation is that, just as is done with people exposed to the virus, the dog should be quarantined, not euthanized. 


Also, thousands—one report puts the number near 300,000—have signed a petition to save Excalibur. 


We will all have to stay tuned to see if Spanish authorities are persuaded to abandon plans to put him to sleep. 


Update:  Spanish health officials confirmed, Excalibur has been put to sleep.


Here are some of the dogs—and people and cats—who have thrown their support behind Excalibur:


Excalibur, the world is with you. #SalvemosaExcalibur #Alcorcón

— Pau G. Carracedo (@paulaGlezC) October 8, 2014

Why can't Excalibur be kept in quarantine. Why kill innocent dog Help Trend, Help Save. #SalvemosAExcalibur

— Gizmo (@WoofTasticbooks) October 8, 2014

From North Bend, WA #SalvemosaExcalibur

— Darby (@Mdarbyreid) October 8, 2014

Miss Fluffy says, #SalvemosaExcalibur Please quarantine with compassion. Don't kill the dog.

— Princess Tatania (@PrincessTatania) October 8, 2014

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