ANIMAL rights groups continue to protest in Madrid after Spanish police put down a dog suspected of carrying Ebola yesterday.
More than 50 police officers were sent to tackle demonstrators protesting against the destruction of the animal, who had been left at home by Teresa Romero and her husband, both of whom are in isolation in Madrid’s Carlos III hospital.
Madrid’s health chief Javier Rodríguez said the dog was put down before it was removed from the house ‘as there was no other option’.
The fate of the dog, named Excalibur, sparked huge interest on social networks, after the Ebola victim’s husband, Javier Limón, sent out a message from his hospital bed on Tuesday calling for the animal to be saved.
Romero was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday and there are currently 50 more people under observation in Spain connected to the virus.
So far, the 2014 Ebola outbreak has claimed the lives of over 3,500 people mainly in Africa.