UPDATE (October 23, 2014): If you’d like to see Bentley in action, check this video. It starts with Dallas Animal Services’ Dr. Cate McManus describing how he’s doing. About 2.5 minutes into the video, you get to see Bentley.
Folks have been inquiring about Bentley, the King Charles Spaniel owned by nurse Nina Pham. Nina and Bentley both have been in quarantine — Nina, who had developed Ebola, and Bentley, under observation for possibly contracting the disease.
This afternoon WFAA (ABC) reported that Nina has been upgraded from fair to good. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases headman Dr. Anthony “Tony” Fauci has been impressed with her attitude, describing her as “a trooper (sic). She’s very brave.”
Regarding Bentley, one person wondered if he would have automatically been euthanized if he had been a “mutt” like the dog in Spain that was euthanized after its owner was hospitalized due to Ebola.
Whoa! A little back story is needed for this question. Bentley is more than a King Charles Spaniel. He is a rescue that was adopted by Nina.
From reports about Nina, it’s a good guess that once she realized that she was symptomatic, she didn’t go near her pooch and headed straight for the hospital.
Good move. Because it appears that everything in Nina’s apartment had to be confiscated for destruction. Perhaps that why Nina’s family stressed the importance to city and county officials of trying to save the orange-and-white dog.
The Dallas officials including Dallas Animal Services rose to the occasion to care for Bentley, moving him to isolation and monitoring him for potential symptoms with the understanding that the community’s well-being was the priority.
While all of Dallas and the nation have been on high alert regarding this dreaded disease, Bentley has been having the time of his life with his new friends in hazmat suits, play time and lots of treats. DAS’s Dr. Cate McManus advised Nina that when she is reunited with Bentley, he might be a chunky monkey.
Yesterday he started being tested for any symptoms of Ebola. According to the DAS, “Bentley sailed through the testing, and even wanted to help with cleanup. He loves the Veterinary Emergency Team – Texas A&M University vets that are caring for him and they have quickly fallen in love with him!”
This morning the test results showed that so Bentley has tested negative for having Ebola. He will be continued to be tested during his remaining days in quarantine.
Here are some links on Nina and Bentley that you might find useful:
- Nina’s friends have put together a website to help Nina’s family and friends put her life in order…remember, she doesn’t even own a toothbrush… here is where you can contribute.
- Nina’s health care is being underwritten by Texas Health Resource, but Bentley’s isn’t. So, if you would like to contribute to his care, here is the place for donations.
- For updates on Bentley, check the Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center on Facebook. They’re posting photos on a regular basis. And, yes, he does look like he hasn’t missed a meal or treat yet.
* Photos courtesy of Dallas Animal Services