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The dog belonging to a Spanish nurse infected with Ebola was seen barking on the balcony of an apartment in Madrid on Wednesday as dozens of animal lovers staged a protest aimed at saving the condemned pooch.

Authorities announced they would euthanize Excalibur to prevent the spread of the virus after his owner Teresa Romero Ramos became the first person infected outside of West Africa. Ramos' husband, who is also in isolation, said he had left Excalibur alone at their apartment with food and water and appealed for the public's help in saving the dog's life. An emergency veterinary services vehicle was seen parked outside the entrance of the apartment building on Wednesday.

A neighbor tries to get a glimpse of Excalibur the dog, seen at top right on the balcony of an apartment in Madrid. Owner Javier Limon said he had left the dog alone with a bathtub full of water and 33 pounds of dog food. “The door to the terrace is open so he can do his business. The animal is OK at home alone,” he said.SUSANA VERA / Reuters
- David Arnott