Cost for Care of Dallas’ Ebola Dog Nearly $30,000

File photo of nurse Nina Pham hugging her dog Bentley during a press conference. (PHOTO CREDIT: Rex Features)
File photo of nurse Nina Pham hugging her dog Bentley during a press conference. (PHOTO CREDIT: Rex Features)

One of the top two expenses for Dallas during the Ebola scare wasn’t security or even salaries. It was the dog.

Nearly $27,000 — the second-highest cost — was spent to monitor Bentley, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel owned by nurse and Ebola victim Nina Pham. After Pham contracted Ebola from Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Oct. 8, she requested that Bentley be cared for instead of euthanized like an Ebola-exposed dog in Spain.

Though it appears that Dallas spared no expense, spokeswoman Sana Syed said the pricey dog bill shows that the high-rolling city has a big heart. Taxpayers are not out the whole amount — grants and donations from around the world covered $19,000.

That more than covers the biggest cost on the itemized list for Bentley’s care — $17,057 for “facilities make ready and security at pet care facility.” Some of the monitoring involved a special cage used to collect Bentley’s droppings so they could be safely tested and disposed of. He was cared for by workers in hazmat suits.

His expenses besides the facility makeover:

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SOURCE: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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