Spanish Authorities Plan to Euthanize Dog of Nurse Diagnosed with Ebola

Spanish Authorities Plan to Euthanize Dog of Nurse Diagnosed with Ebola
Javier Limon Romero and his dog Excalibur
Courtesy Asociacion Protectora Villa Pepa

10/07/2014 AT 07:20 PM EDT

Authorities in Spain plan to euthanize the dog of a nurse diagnosed with Ebola, but her husband, who is in quarantine, is trying to save the family pet.

Javier Limon Romero not only has to worry about his wife – Teresa Romero Ramos, who caught Ebola after she helped treat a priest who died from the disease – but also their dog, Excalibur.

Madrid Health officials issued an order Tuesday for the dog to be euthanized, despite Romero's plea on Facebook to spare his pet's life and instead, quarantine the animal.

A Change.org petition has garnered nearly 141 thousand signatures in support of quarantine, with signers making comments like, "Please don't let innocents pay for human errors" and "I'm fed up with animals being treated like mere objects in this country …"

A study on the CDC website shows that dogs can be infected with Ebola, but are asymptomatic.

Romero said in his Facebook post that he left the dog with food, water and access to the outdoors while he is in quarantine and his wife is in the hospital.

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