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Oct 8, 2014 9:50 AM

Spaniards protest death order for Ebola dog

The Associated Press

MADRID (AP) 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 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 euthanize 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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