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Spanish nurse cleared of Ebola mourns her beloved dog, questions decision to kill him

This is an undated image released on Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014 by animal rights organisation PACMA  of a dog named Excalibur who is owned by Javier Limon and his wife, a nurse assistance who got infected with Ebola in Madrid. Ebola's victims may include a dog named Excalibur. Officials in Madrid got a court order to euthanize the pet of a Spanish nursing assistant with Ebola because of the chance the animal might spread the disease. At least one major study suggests that dogs can be infected with the deadly virus without having symptoms. But whether or how likely they are to spread it to people is less clear. (AP Photo/PACMA) NO ARCHIVE

This is an undated image released on Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014 by animal rights organisation PACMA of a dog named Excalibur who is owned by Javier Limon and his wife, a nurse assistance who got infected with Ebola in Madrid. Ebola's victims may include a dog named Excalibur. Officials in Madrid got a court order to euthanize the pet of a Spanish nursing assistant with Ebola because of the chance the animal might spread the disease. At least one major study suggests that dogs can be infected with the deadly virus without having symptoms. But whether or how likely they are to spread it to people is less clear. (AP Photo/PACMA) NO ARCHIVE  (AP)

The Spanish nursing assistant who beat Ebola found out Thursday that authorities killed their dog Excalibur while she was in the hospital -- and she is not happy about it.

Teresa Romero was cleared of Ebola on Tuesday by medical officials in Madrid after a 15-day battle against the virus.

In an interview published Thursday by the newspaper El Pais, her husband Javier Limon says he finally told his wife that their mixed breed dog, Excalibur, was euthanized two days after her Oct. 6 hospitalization.

The court-ordered decision to euthanized the dog was made amid major protests in Spain where animal rights activists claimed that the canine could not transmit the disease to humans.

Limon said "she is asking herself why they killed the dog, who wasn't to blame for anything."

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Spanish officials had said the dog was a possible risk for transmitting the deadly virus.

The dean of the veterinary school at the Complutense University of Madrid, Dr. Pedro Luis Lorenzo, told Fox News Latino in a telephone interview earlier this month that it was a “tough decision.” 

“We veterinarians, the last thing we wanted to do is sacrifice him,” he said.

In the United States, the dog of a nurse infected with Ebola was quarantined and tested negative.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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