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UPDATE: Spanish authorities have put down the dog.


(NEWSER) – Authorities aren't taking any chances in Spain, where the first case of Ebola transmission outside Africa has caused widespread alarm: The dog of a Madrid nurse will be killed because authorities believe it could carry and transmit the virus, reports NBC.

Madrid's regional government obtained a court order to have the dog put down despite the objections of nurse Teresa Romero Ramos and her husband, who are both in quarantine. Her husband pleaded for authorities to spare the dog by placing it in quarantine instead, and a petition supporting the quarantine option has gained nearly 250,000 signatures, reports People.

In addition to the online petition, people from across the globe have taken to Twitter, using #SaveExcalibur in an effort to save the pooch from being euthanized. Many people included photos of their pets with signs showing the hashtag in both English and Spanish.

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