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Animal Rights Protests Erupt Over Dog Exposed to Ebola

Madrid regional authorities said they would euthanize the nurse's dog to avoid possible contagion, sparking an outcry by animal rights activists.

A neighbor tries to get a glimpse of Excalibur, the dog of Teresa Romero, the Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola, as it stands on her apartment's balcony in Alcorcon, outside Madrid, on Oct. 8, 2014. Madrid regional authorities said they would euthanize the nurse's dog to avoid possible contagion, sparking an outcry by animal rights activists.

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Spanish police block animal rights activists protesting outside the apartment building.

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Policemen remove an animal rights protester at the private residence of Spanish nurse Teresa Romero.

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Animal right activists lie on the road in support of Excalibur. Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato confirmed on Monday that nurse Teresa Romero had tested positive after treating two Ebola patients who had been brought back to the country from Africa. Her husband and a colleague have also been quarantined.

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Excalibur barks from the apartment's balcony.

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A riot policeman clashes with an animal rights activist who tried to stop the van carrying Excalibur.

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Riot police struggle with animal rights activists gathered to attempt to stop the van.

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A demonstrator is pushed by a Spanish riot police officer as a veterinarian van allegedly carrying Excalibur leaves from the apartment complex in Alcorcon.

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An animal rights activist receives medical treatment after clashing with police.

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Demonstrators run in front of policemen and in front of the van transporting Excalibur, who was put down. The 12-year-old mixed-breed pooch was euthanized following a court order from officials seeking to prevent the spread of the virus.

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