When nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola, she requested her dog, Bentley, be taken care of and monitored for the disease and not euthanized – similar to what was done with an Ebola-exposed dog in Spain.
The City of Dallas released a list of Ebola-related expenses, showing that care for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel reached $27,000, about 17% of the total costs.
Here is the breakdown of Bentley's expenses:
Supplies for Pet care - $1,068.96
Generator and labor for Pet care facility - $2,052.96
Facilities make ready and security at pet care facility - $17,057.46
Pet Care for Patient One - $259.78
Pet clean up - $6,445.00
Pet care/clean up - $938.00
Total Expenses - $26,884.16
Dallas' Director of Public Information, Sana Syed, said that $19,000 of Bentley's bill will be reimbursed by donations and grants.
In total $155,000 was spent on patient care, security and clean up among other things. The costliest item was hazardous-materials response, at $58,700.