EBOLA IN SPAIN

Court rejects animal rights group’s complaint over Ebola victim’s dog

Association argued health chief committed crime in ordering pet to be put down

Teresa Romero with Excalibur in a photo from her husband’s Facebook account.
Teresa Romero with Excalibur in a photo from her husband’s Facebook account.

A Madrid court has “entirely” rejected a complaint brought by an animal rights group against the region’s health chief for ordering the dog of Ebola survivor Teresa Romero to be destroyed to prevent the transmission of the disease.

The Partido Animalista contra el Maltrato Animal (PACMA) had filed the complaint against Francisco Javier Rodríguez on October 10 on the grounds that he breached his public duties by deciding to put down Excálibur two days before.

Romero is herself suing Madrid health commissioner Rodríguez for attacking her honor

The association said the order violated Madrid animal protection legislation by sacrificing the animal without previously diagnosing it with an infectious disease, but rather based its decision on hypothesis.

However, the Madrid regional High Court failed to see any crime in the facts upon which the complaint was founded. PACMA now has three days to appeal the decision.

Romero, 44, who was discharged from Carlos III Hospital on November 5, is herself suing Madrid health commissioner Rodríguez for attacking her honor and the regional government for putting down Excalibur, seeking €150,000 damages in each case.

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