Denounce Killing of Ebola Patient’s Dog


Target: Spanish Minister of Health Ana Mato Adrover

Goal: Denounce the killing of an ebola virus patient’s dog by the government of Spain

Despite a massive campaign to save him, a dog belonging to a Spanish nurse infected with ebola was put down amid fears that the beloved pet could have transmitted the illness to others. The dog, named Excalibur, could have been quarantined in the same manner than exposed humans are, but the government of Spain refused to consider anything but euthanasia.

Javier Limon Romero, one of Excalibur’s owners, publicly denounced the head of the Madrid health department for the decision to execute his best friend while he and nurse Teresa Romero Ramos were stuck in quarantine. The news of the plan to kill Excalibur found its way to Twitter, and thousands of people worldwide took up the call to save the dog from being euthanized with the hashtag #SalvemosaExcalibur. Despite social networking efforts and petitions asking the government to quarantine Excalibur, health officials still had him put down.

Ebola is a dangerous illness, and killing the pets of those who contract it will only make people who develop symptoms of ebola want to conceal their health issues. If the government is going to kill your dog for coming forward to be placed in quarantine, who would want to? Murdering innocent animals is not the answer to stopping the spread of this virus, and doing so could encourage civilian animal cruelty. By signing this petition, you’ll let Spain know that you condemn its actions and urge government officials to reconsider their protocol for dealing with the pets of ebola patients.


Dear Minister Adrover,

I understand that, after worldwide protest and petitioning, you had Javier and Teresa’s dog Excalibur put down because you feared that he might spread ebola to other people. This decision was made in spite of the suggestion that Excalibur simply be put into quarantine where he would not come into contact with any humans until it could be determined that he was not carrying the virus.

Ebola is a dangerous illness and must be approached with the utmost care and seriousness. However, killing innocent animals because you fear they may spread it will not improve your situation. You must understand that people love their pets, and may choose to hide their symptoms and refuse to seek treatment rather than risk having their best friends euthanized by the government. This would both cause more deaths and further spreading of the deadly illness. At the same time, if you put forth the idea that killing dogs is a good way to prevent the spread of ebola, this could encourage people to target random dogs and kill them out of fear.

Killing Excalibur was not only unnecessarily cruel for both the dog and his already suffering owners, it was a poor decision in terms of how it will affect the likelihood that other symptomatic individuals will come forward to be quarantined—something that is essential for containing the virus. I urge you to reconsider this line of action and commit to quarantining the dogs of patients in the future rather than putting them to death.


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  1. Shelli Schmidt says:

    Let’s kick Javier & Theresa, while they’re down & in fear of having Ebola & kill their dog..Im flat out disgusted, Excalibur meant the world 2 the Romero’s. Ive never been more disgusted with Spain, besides their continuous cruelty towards Bulls..Way 2 go, what complete & utter *ssholes.

    • Nicolas Caballero says:

      The goverment killed Excalibur, not Javier and Teresa.

      • Pete Bronson says:

        I think the comma after Theresa’s name is erroneous. I think the sentiment of the OP was that J&T were being kicked while they were down by having their pooch killed.

  2. The so called Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone is an immune system deficiency. There is no ‘ single germ’ that is responsible. Its all fear mongering. Read John Rappoports articles and countless other articles about the ebola hoax and stop watching TV lies about this. The agenda is to vaccinate people with toxic compounds that will most definitely kill.

  3. Emily March says:

    They’d better vaccinated the dog IF they truly believed it could catch Ebola. But no, acting ‘responsibly’ in view of upcoming elections is all that matters. Ever known a dog with ebola, in the first place? You need to look to humans for that, far more likely to spread the disease (and any disease, for that matter). But then, of course, it involved “only an animal”. And everyone knows where “animals” stand in Spain and many neighbouring countries : ask Pope ‘Francis’, he will tell you… So will Spain’s king, Juan Carlos, looking radiant on a killer safari. Will attitudes ever change?…

  4. Here in texas our nurse recently infected with Ebola also has a beautiful dog. She has told officials nothing better happen to that dog, and we are all hoping that is the case. Fear and ignorance have made humans do hideous things.

  5. Adding insult to injury…As if the poor woman hadn’t suffered enough! A risk of “dogs transmitting ebola to humans”? More likely to be the other way round!There never has been the slightest medical evidence of DOGS showing signs of ebola. Of course, there will have been “major academic research” alleging the “possibility” etc. Nonsense! Medieval and ignorant fools, cruel and heartless at that. The dog was sedated before being put down? What do you know. That sure indicates’progress’, doesn’t it?…

  6. Like Shelli Schmidt and Sam Outhorn have already stated, the Spanish State have kicked this family while they are down and killed their beloved family member, Exacalibur. He wasn’t “just a dog” as the State seem to think, he was family. As a loving, caring dog owner myself, this has really upset me. As a member of an EU country, this has appalled me that such cruelty can exists withing a civilised country.

    I signed the first petition, pleading for Excalibur to be quarantined and assessed. This petition originated from Spain, so Susan Lesmond, while I appreciate your anger, your comments about Spain being a cesspit are completely uncalled for and inaccurate. There are plenty of Spanish people who are absolutely distraught by what has happened, which is why they constructed a second petition calling for the resignation of everyone responsible for this catalogue of disaster that has led to Teresa being infected and Exalibur being murdered. On that first petition, I pleaded for Exalibur to be quarantined and assessed. As Teresa’s husband was found to be clear of Ebola, I was convinced Exalibur would be too. I also wrote that by refusing to quarantine Exalibur and assess him, they were not only acting in a totally ignorant and inhumane way for so-called experts, but were missing a trick because if Excalibur was indeed postive, there would have been an opportunity to treat him, thus helping other affected pets in the future but these meatheads saw him as “just a dog”. I see them as just a bunch of uneducated, hysterical scumbags.

    I would like to question why Ebola has managed to remain in Africa since its discovery in 1976 but 38 years later, when we’re supposed to be so much more advanced, we cannot stem the flow of it around the world? I haven’t heard anyone ask this question and it needs answering. There are some people who need to be called to account for this.

    • Apologies for all the spelling mistakes in my previous post. My only excuse is that I have written this in the middle of the night and I’m very tired.

  7. Humans have always had a tendency to PANIC, which has often led to making UNCONSCIONABLE decisions … such as this one. The Spanish government chose to murder a family member …. YES, A FAMILY MEMBER !!!! Of course, that same government finds nothing wrong with bull fighting, so I guess I shouldn’t be completely surprised. As of today there is no evidence whatsoever that “ebola” can be transmitted through our pets. Shame on the Spanish government for panicking and making an UNCONSCIONABLE decision !!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Rubens Jean-Louis says:


  9. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    Unfortunatelly Spain is not a country known for its love and respect for animals. Just see what they do to their bulls and galgos. What an ignorant government to kill an innocent animal! I hope this backfires and they pay for what they did to this beautiful dog. Simply disgusting.

  10. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs… (They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  11. I’m agreeing that it was best to put him down it wouldn’t be right to keep him alive suffering like that but hall are right he should’ve been quarantined. That was a stupid decision but I’m glad he was put down and he’s not suffering anymore

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