The dog of the 1st Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is currently under the care of Dallas officials.
According to the City of Dallas, Nina Pham’s dog, a one-year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Bentley, is in the care of Dallas Animal Services who will oversee Bentley’s care over the next few weeks while he is monitored for Ebola at Hensley Field.
“As our brave healthcare worker told us, this dog is a significant part of her life and we vowed to her family we would do everything in our power to care for her beloved pet,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings. “I am thankful to the team who has made sure to take every precaution to protect the public health while transporting, monitoring and caring for this dog at a new, safe location. We will continue to help monitor and care for this pet while following all guidance and protocols of the CDC.”
His temporary new home mimics a homelike environment. The city has provided him with comfortable bedding, toys and other items to help entertain him during his stay at this location. Bentley is in a safe place, away from homes, apartments and other animals.
Dallas Animal Services is committed to ensuring that Bentley receives the best possible care during this time. We are working with our partner agencies to provide proper monitoring and care.
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