Target: Dallas Mayor, Mike Rawlings
Goal: Commend mayor for ensuring an Ebola patient’s dog is not euthanized
Disease is not always contained within a species, as may be the case with Ebola. Health officials are not yet certain whether Ebola is transmittable to animals, so if a pet comes in contact with the disease, precautions must be taken. A healthcare worker in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola; her dog remains in her apartment while she is quarantined. The Dallas mayor has insisted that the dog not be killed. Rather, it will wait in a safe area for its owner to regain her health. After a heartbreaking case of a dog in Spain who was euthanized because its human contracted Ebola, this is a welcome and honorable decision.
The Spanish dog was euthanized for no fault of its own. Its owner contracted the virus and, to be safe, the government seized the pet and ordered its death. The dog’s journey and death attracted global recognition; protesters of the euthanization demanded the dog be allowed to live, until it was tested for Ebola. The dog was never tested and so it is still not yet known whether or not pets can contract and spread the virus. The Dallas mayor has declared that the Ebola patient’s dog in his city will be safe from harm. He understands how much the dog means to the patient and wishes to see them reunited, when she is able.
The spread of disease is terrifying and emotional. All affected or within contact should be taken care of, including pets. This dog will offer important information about the virus. This dog’s life is important, and is being treated as such. Commend the mayor of Dallas for ensuring this dog will be reunited with its owner.
Dear Mayor Rawlings,
I am writing to thank you for ensuring the safety of an Ebola patient’s dog. You intentionally saved the dog from death to see it returned to its owner when she is no longer ill. It is very important that this dog remains alive. Much could be learned about Ebola from this dog, such as whether the virus is transmittable to pets. Thank you for not automatically ordering the dog’s death, out of fear of the unknown.
Combating this fatal disease will take both compassion and knowledge. Please continue to think clearly as your city deals with this virus.
[Your Name Here]
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