Should Ebola Patient's Beloved Pet Be Killed?

Suzanne Robertson
Almost one-third of a million people signed a petition to save the mixed-breed pooch.

A massive effort has been launched to save a beloved family pet.   

Teresa Romero Ramos, 44, on Monday became the first person infected outside of West Africa after caring for a Spanish priest who died of Ebola last month. She is now in isolation with her husband. 

Officials in Madrid secured a court order Tuesday to put down their dog Excalibur. 

At least one study suggests dogs can be infected with Ebola without symptoms. However, if they can spread the virus to humans is unclear. 

Dozens of animal lovers protested outside the house where the couple is quarantined. Almost one-third of a million people signing a petition to save the pooch. Twitter was flooded with pictures of pets with the hashtag  #SalvemosaExcalibur, Spanish for “Let’s Save Excalibur.”

But not everyone is concerned for the canine with many on Twitter defending Spain's position.