Dog pays the ultimate sacrifice after stopping suicide bomber in Maiduguri

A dog died saving dozens of people at a wedding party in Maiduguri after it attacked a suicide bomber, an official said. The dog stopped the teenage suicide bomber from detonating her explosives in the crowd.

The dog, according to the police, belonged to a resident of the neighbourhood where the wedding took place. The suicide bomber was about making her way into the gathering at the wedding before the dog pounced on her.

The girl, whose original mission appeared to have been thwarted, detonated her explosive while battling to wriggle herself from the canine grip of the dog. The gallant dog paid the supreme sacrifice as it died alongside the suicide bomber.

Spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force in Borno State, Victor Isuku, said the incident happened around 7:30a.m. in Belbelo community of Jere Local Council in Borno State.

“Information just received indicate that today (yesterday) around 0733hours (7.33am), a female suicide bomber with IED strapped to her body, attempted to infiltrate a wedding ceremony in Belbelo community of Jere LGA She was, however, prevented by a watchdog, so she had to detonate the IED to kill herself and the dog,” said Isuku, a Deputy Superintendent of Police.

Isuku said normalcy has since been restored in the area and “no further casualty was recorded apart from the dog.” The incident occurred few hours after three suicide bombers blew themselves up at two different locations not far from the spot where the wedding took place.


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Killer dog put down after death of Gambia president’s son.

A dog that killed the son of Gambian President Adama Barrow has been put down, an agriculture ministry source said, with mystery over the circumstances sparking witchcraft rumours amid political turmoil in the country.

Eight-year-old Habibou, one of Barrow’s five children, died after the attack last month, days before his father’s contested inauguration at a time when then-president Yahya Jammeh was refusing to step down.

Jammeh’s refusal to cede power to Barrow, who won a December election, triggered a crisis in the small west African nation, before the longtime leader eventually agreed to hand over the reins to his successor and leave the country.

The dog was put down on Tuesday, the source in the veterinary unit of the department of agriculture told AFP Wednesday, on condition of anonymity.

“We concluded that it was not wise to allow this dog to continue roaming in the streets. We carried out some test and realised that the dog is not infected with rabies,” the source said.

Barrow returned to The Gambia last week to a jubilant welcome marking the beginning of the west African nation’s first democratic transfer of power.

He had been living in Senegal for safety reasons since mid-January.

Jammeh went into exile in Equatorial Guinea under threat of regional military intervention.


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Public pays vet bill for hero dog that saved child from deadly snake

The Australian public has raised funds to pay the vet’s bill for a hero dog which saved a young girl from a deadly snake, local media reported on Friday.

Jo Shaw, the owner of four-year old boxer Mack, was faced with a veterinary bill of 6,000 Australian dollars (4,400 dollars) after the dog was bitten by a tiger snake.

Mack was bitten repeatedly after he sprang on the highly venomous 1.2-metre-long snake when he saw it creeping up on Shaw’s two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Carmen in their Melbourne backyard.

Shaw said when she found Mack he was paralysed, frothing at the mouth and not breathing.

The dead snake was beside him.

According to a media report, the dog recovered after days in intensive care but was left with kidney damage, while the family faced having to sell their car to cover the vet’s bill.

They, as an alternative, sought the public’s help via the fundraising website GoFundMe, managing to raise more than enough to cover the bill in just four days.

Shaw said on the website that Mack was still very weak but was slowly pulling through and would be home before Christmas.

“We couldn’t have done this without all your support and generosity.

“Our family and Mack are indebted for life, thank you,’’ Shaw wrote on the website.

Son Of Chinese Billionaire Buys Eight iPhone 7s For His Dog

Wang Sicong, son of Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin (estimated worth $30 billion),  bought Coco, his pet dog eight iPhone 7 handsets on the day of their release, according to photos posted on the dog’s verified Weibo social media account — China’s equivalent of Twitter.

“I don’t understand all the show-off posts on (social media),” read the post alongside the photos.
“What’s the point? Don’t make me do it?”
Coco poses with her black and rose gold iPhone 7 handsets.
In China, an iPhone 6 costs 6,988 yuan ($1,047), while the larger iPhone 7 Plus goes for 7,988 yuan ($1,197).
This isn’t the first time Wang has doted on Coco in this fashion.
In 2015, he attracted widespread outrage in China after posting photos of the dog wearing two Apple Watches with luxury bands worth upwards of $37,000.
He’s part of China’s fu’erdai or second-generation rich — the sons and daughters of tycoons that are best known for flaunting their decadent lifestyles.
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Man Who Named Dog ‘Buhari’ Names Newborn Daughter ‘Aisha’

The man, Joe Fortemose ?Chinakwe, who named his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari, has sparked another social media ‘discourse’ as he named his newborn baby girl, Aisha.


The 30-year-old trader named his child Aisha, purportedly after the wife of the president on Sunday.


It would be recalled that for naming his dog Buhari, Chinakwe was arrested and charged to the Ota Magistrate Court 2, Ogun State by the police with conduct likely to cause breach of public peace, in a case with suit number MOT/617c/2016.


He was, however, freed from detention after he fulfilled his N50, 000 bail condition.


A Lagos based lawyer and human rights activist, Inibehe Effiong, made this disclosure on his Twitter handle.


While some persons are of the opinion that Chinakwe was just after cheap publicity, others say he is a controversial man who would stop at nothing to ‘look for trouble.’


The lawyer tweeted @InibeheEffiong: “Joachim Iroko Chinakwe, the man who named his dog ‘Buhari’ has done it again. He has just called to inform me that he has named his newly born baby/daughter after the wife of @NGRPresident.


He has given his 3-day-old baby two names; Mise and Aisha.


According to him, Mise is a native Delta name which means ‘I am doing it.’ He said that he also named his daughter Aisha, after the wife of @NGRPresident and that she will bear the two names concurrently.


Sincerely, I am short of words. I never for once contemplated this. As a matter of fact, I deliberately refused to ask Iroko what name he intended to give his daughter when he called last Friday, September 2 to intimate me that his wife had given birth.


I do not know what Nigerians will say about this. It is my prayer that this will not also end him in jail since some names seem to have special protection of the @PoliceNG.


Let us hope that this is not another conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace,” he tweeted.

Real Reason We Charged Man Who Named Dog Buhari- Police

The police on Monday decried public comments linking President Muhammadu Buhari with the ongoing saga over a dog named “Buhari” in Ogun State.

A 40-year old trader, Joe Chinakwe, was recently arrested and arraigned in court for allegedly naming his dog “Buhari.” He has since been granted bail.

Some members of the public have however associated the president with the matter.

The Ogun State Police Command and Zone 2 Police Command, in separate statements, said series of uncomplimentary remarks against the president over the case were uncalled for.

In the statement by the Zonal Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, the police said the matter was grossly misconstrued, explaining that the president has nothing to do with it as it was erroneously perceived?.

The police explained that the case before it showed that one Alhaji Buhari, the father of the complainant, Haliru Umar, both of who live in Ketere Area of Sango Ota in Ado/Odo-Ota LGA of the state, were involved.

The statement said, “The attention of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command, Lagos, AIG Abdulmajid Ali, has been drawn to series of uncomplimentary comments and publications in respect of the case of a man, Joe Chinakwe, who was arrested and charged to court by the Ogun State Police Command for naming his dog “Buhari” and wishes to state categorically that the matter was grossly misconstrued.

“The Zonal Command wishes to clarify and set the records straight that the case, as it was erroneously perceived, has nothing to do with the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, but with one Alhaji Buhari, the biological father of the complainant, Alhaji Halilu Umar, all of Ketere Area, Sango Ota in Ado Odo Otta Local Government Area of Ogun State.”

The police explained that Mr. Chinakwe was not charged to court for naming his dog “Buhari” but for his behaviour and that the suspect had been having conflicts with Mr. Umar, which made him to name his dog after the latter’s father.

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20 SANs, Lawyers To Defend Man For Naming Dog ‘Buhari’.

Following the uproar that has trailed Joachim Chinakwe Iroko for naming his dog Buhari, 20 Senior Advocates of Nigeria and several barristers are willing to defend him.

According to a report by Daily Independent Newspaper, the legal practitioners are willing to assemble and rise to the defence of Joachim, who has caused a stir for naming his dog after Nigeria’s President.

Led by Barr. Inibehe Effiong, convener of the Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COHRD), the lawyers said the decision was a move against “injustice, tyranny and arbitrariness.”

In the same vein, Joseph Adamu of the Coalition Against Human Rights Abuse (CAHRA), said it would assemble lawyers that would properly assist the cause of freeing Joachim.

Adamu was also reported to have said the Coalition Against Human Rights Abuse would raise financial assistance to pursue the cause if needed.

Iroko was arrested last week for naming his dog ‘Buhari’, which was deemed offensive by some of his neighbours in an area said to be populated with the President’s supporters.

Dog Named Buhari, Presidency Explains Why Buhari Didn’t Intervene

President Muhammadu Buhari saw the arrest and prosecution Joachim Iroko, a 41 year old trader arrested by the police in Ogun State for naming his dog ‘Buhari,’ as “a ‘laughable incident”, his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said late Thursday.

In a short reaction posted on his Twitter handle, Mr. Shehu said those criticising Mr. Buhari for failing to act on the matter were “ignorance of the type of person he is.”

“He enjoys cartoons and likes sharing them. The ones he enjoys the most are those that caricature him,” Mr. Shehu said. “People should listen to the real story behind this dog incident and to not waste precious time seeking the hand of the President in a laughable incident!”

Mr. Shehu’s comment was the first time the Buhari administration would comment on the development, which has grabbed the headlines for nearly two weeks and sparked debates about free speech.

It also came a few hours after Mr. Iroko was released from jail, after spending three days behind bars while his family sought funds for his bail bond.

The three days were in addition to the eight days Mr. Iroko spent in a police cell in Sango Otta, Ogun State.

Mr. Iroko was first arrested on August 14 by officers attached to the Sango Otta Division after receiving complaints from a neighbour who said the name he gave his dog was offensive.

Salihu Umar filed complaints against Mr. Iroko with the police, alleging that the ‘Buhari’ name Mr. Iroko gave his dog was the same as his father’s name.

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Man Who Named Dog Buhari Still In Prison

The man who named his dog Buhari, Joachim Iroko, aka Joe, has spent two days in the Ibara Prison, Abeokuta, due to the inability of his family members to perfect his bail conditions.


The Public Relations Officer, Nigerian Prisons Service, Ogun State Command, Victor Oyeleke, confirmed this to PUNCH Metro on Tuesday.


He told our correspondent on the telephone around 6.44pm that the defendant’s family members had yet to perfect his bail conditions.


He said, “The man is still in Ibara Prison. His family members have yet to perfect his bail conditions. It is already late to do that today (Tuesday).”


Iroko, who had been formerly identified as Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, was arrested on Saturday, August 13, after one of his neighbours, Halilu Umar, a northerner, complained that he named a dog after his father, Alhaji Buhari.


The accused was arraigned on Monday for conduct likely to cause breach of the peace in a case with suit number MOT/617c/2016.


The Chief Magistrate, B. J. Ojikutu, admitted him to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties must be regular taxpayers in the state.


Each of them must also attach four passport photographs to the bail bond, depose to affidavits of being gainfully employed, and they must reside in the court’s jurisdiction,” he had added.


The case was adjourned till September 19.

No Criminal Implications In Naming Dog After Person- Lawyers

The incoming Second National Vice President of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Mr. Monday Ubani, yesterday, said that no offence is committed by someone naming his dog after somebody else.

He said: “In the eye of the law, it is not criminal for somebody to name his or her dog after another person. It may be offensive by examining the circumstances under which the incident happened.

“I understand that a particular dog was named after a neighbour and both of them were not in good terms; in a Hausa community somewhere in the South-West.
“So expediency would have prevailed on him not to name his dog after somebody he was quarrelling with.“The Bible says wisdom profited for direction. Anything you are doing must be with wisdom. If such a thing would provoke unnecessary argument, you should avoid it.”

Another Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Tunji Muyedeen, said: “As far as I am concerned, there is no way such offence could be sustained in law. Anybody can name his pet after anybody’s name.

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Why I Named My Dog ‘Buhari’ — Trader

The Police in Ogun State, yesterday, released unconditionally, the 30-year-old trader, Joe Fortemose  Chinakwe, who was arrested last Saturday for naming his pet dog ‘Buhari’.

The embattled trader, who was visibly angry after his three-day incarceration in police cell, was let off the hook around 5pm on Tuesday after the intervention of both the Serkin Hausa and President-General of non-indigenes in the state.
It was learned that the prompt intervention of the elders made the complainant to withdraw the case he reported against the trader at Sango-Ota division which was later transferred to Police headquarters at Eleweran.
However, police sources said both the complainant and suspect were made to sign an undertaking not
to cause any breach of peace again.
Speaking to Vanguard after this release, the trader, a father of two from the Niger Delta, who trades on second hand clothing lamented that he was made to suffer for no just cause.

Complainant from Niger Republic
Narrating his ordeal, Chinakwe said “It is annoying because the complainant is from Niger Republic and I am sure he is one of those illegal aliens in this country.  He connived with one Police Sergeant from the Northern part of Nigeria called Musa, who works at Sango Police division to humiliate me.  Worse still, the Divisional Police Officer there, did not help matters as he refused to entertain any plea from me after I was arrested that Saturday night. He simply ordered his men to throw me into the cell.”

Why dog was named Buhari
Continuing, he said “I did not commit any offence. I named my beloved pet dog Buhari, who is my hero. My admiration for Buhari started far back when he was a military Head of State. It continued till date that he is a civilian President. After reading his dogged fight against corruption, which is like a canker worm eating into the very existence of this country, I solely decided to rename my beloved dog which I called Buhari, after him. I did not know that I was committing an offence for admiring Buhari.

Ordeal with Police
“I was intimidated and thrown inside the cell with hardened criminals for about three days. While I was there, the complainant from Niger Republic and Sergeant Musa from the North kept on taunting me saying people from my part of the country are trouble makers and that after detaining me, they will throw me into prison where I will die unsung.
”Even when my wife came with our baby on her back, they stopped her from giving me food.  One of my friends that came to see me was also maltreated.
“While taking me to Eleweran the next day, they handcuffed and chained me together with that my friend. Fortunately, when we got to police headquarters, both the Commissioner of Police and other officers were angry with their colleagues at Sango-Ota.
”They were wondering loudly why I was brought to the headquarters over such a minor case. It’s very unfortunate that I have to be so humiliated in my own country because of the antics of a foreigner in connivance with my brother from the North.”

BIZARRE: Family Feeds Dog With Day-old Baby

The Kastina State Police Command is holding a family of five in its custody for allegedly feeding a day-old baby boy to a dog as meal.

The incident happened at Saika village in Batsari Local Government Area.

The suspects include 15-year-old Wosila Halilu, her three stepbrothers and her mother.

It was alleged that Wosila, who is the mother of the baby, got pregnant after she was raped by a 27 year-old farmer, Musa Garba. She alleged that the farmer lured her into his farm where he committed the act.

Police sources said the family viewed the pregnancy and subsequent delivery of the baby as shameful, since she was not married.

They, therefore, held a meeting where it was alleged that Wosila’s mother and her step brothers decided that the baby should be fed to a dog.

The village head of Saika, known as Dakacin Seika, reported the incident to the police, leading to the arrest of the family and the farmer.

Garba is in police custody for alleged rape.

The culprits were brought before a Kastina Magistrate Court on three count of culpable homicide, criminal conspiracy and rape. The prosecution said the offences were in contravention of sections 235, 387 and 85 of the Penal code.

Magistrate Nura Ladan ordered further investigation into the incident. He directed that the suspects be remanded in police custody until the case comes up for further hearing on August 8, 2016.

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Arase Makes Case For Local Breed, As Dog Spending Hit N600m

The Nigerian Police Force spent over N600 million for the procurement and maintenance of foreign dogs in the country.

The  Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase,  disclosed this at the commissioning of the ultra-modern mounted troop/veterinary complex and state of the art dog breeding centre, yesterday in Abuja.

According to him, the construction of the Dog Breeding Centre was to aid the Nigeria Police acquire capacity to locally breed police dogs and be self-reliant in dog breeding as well as maintenance in a cost effective manner.

Arase lamented that huge funds were being expended on importation of dogs from foreign countries,  even though  some of these dogs rarely adapt to Nigeria’s policing climes, saying, “This is certainly not sustainable especially in the face of dwindling resources.”

Meanwhile, he disclosed that  in support of  government  policy on Made-In-Nigeria Goods, the Nigeria police has adopted Binggo Dog food for their dogs to help the naira and general economy.

Arase said the construction of the Dog Breeding Centre was to aid the Nigeria Police acquire capacity to locally breed police dogs and be self-reliant in dog breeding as well as maintenance in a cost effective manner.“The initiative is also designed to, in the long-term, support the operations dog requirement of sister law enforcement organisations, armed forces as well as breeding of friendly puppies for the civilian population on commercial basis. This is with the intention of evolving the centre into a self-sustaining dog breeding centre as practiced in other climes.

“The breeding centre being commissioned today has the capacity to conveniently breed and supply police dogs to the entire West African sub-region and it is projected that at optimal breeding capacity, it can produce well above 200 dogs per year. “With this commissioning, procurement of dogs for policing activities from foreign countries would now become a thing of the past.

The Internet’s Newest Confusion: Is It A Dog Or A Bear?

A worker at a Tennessee pet business set off a fierce online debate with a picture of a “bear” brought in for doggie day care.

The picture posted to Reddit was captioned, “Somebody brought this bear into doggie day care,” and the photo sparked a fierce debate — in the grand tradition of pointless Internet debates — about whether the animal was a young bear or a cleverly disguised dog.

The debate went on for dozens of comments before being settled by the original poster.

Ryan Horn, a worker at the Dog Spot in Nashville, unmasked himself as the picture’s original author and revealed the animal is in fact a dog — a Pomeranian mix. The Reddit poster admitted he knew the dog’s identity when he started the debate.

Chrissy Teigen Rocks Bump As She Takes Her Dog For A Walk

Earlier today, Chrissy Teigen took her dog out for a walk in New York City, she also took something else out for a jaunt: Her bump!

Thanks to her dress, passersby got a closer look at her growing stomach. As far as pregnancy styles go, Chrissy Teigen appears to be taking a page out of Kim Kardashian’s book, with a stretchy, knee-length dress, topped with a long jacket and (truly wonderful) heels. Also making an appearance: Her pregnancy thighs, which she reportedly “is not mad about.”

By the way, that dog is Teigen and husband John Legend’s Frenchie, Pippa. She is perfect:

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This Cow Thinks He’s A Dog…

Shaylee Hubbs came upon a little calf that was only a day old. He was a “drop calf” from a dairy farm, and he was very thin and extremely sick. The newborn was hardly strong enough to suck on a milk bottle, so Hubbs took him home and put him in the care of the family’s vet. The journey to health wasn’t an easy one, but eventually the little cow got better, and his appetite and energy levels increased.

The family named him Goliath because he was so strong, and he grew and prospered in the warmth of their love. Soon, Hubbs noticed that their Great Dane, Leonidas, starting mothering Goliath (even though Leonidas is a male).

“He would lick the little cow on the face and try to nudge him to stand up,” Hubbs told “He would lay down with the sick little cow for hours just to keep him company. Leo, of course, was so bewildered at what the cow was trying to do and thought it was a fun game to play. The Great Dane and Holstein bull became the best of friends.?”

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Lady Gaga’s Dog Is a Fashion Model Now

Shortly after Lady Gaga announced that she and her dog are working on a fabulous pet clothing line, news comes that Miss Asia is fronting her own Coach campaign. Shot by legendary fashion photographer Steven Meisel, the first photo shows a necklace-clad Asia “wearing” a large purple tote. “I am so proud of Miss Asia!” Lady Gaga told People. “She’s a natural in front of the camera.” Obviously! Good luck to the all human models trying to get work after this.

The photo is part of Coach’s “Coach Pups” campaign, which will reportedly feature other famous pooches (Ariana Grande said two weeks ago that her dog Toulouse will also be participating). Lady Gaga also said that the company made a donation to the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue on behalf of Miss Asia, so you can take comfort in the fact that she is using her newfound fame for good. How long till she scores aVogue cover?

God Says You Can Marry Your Dog If It Makes You Happy, Democrat Congressman Argues

Democrat Whip Steny Hoyer who argued that that same-sex couples are endowed by “their Creator — by God” with the right to marry.

Once again, a Democrat has brought God into the debate when for decades Democrats have argued that religion and politics do not mix and there’s a separation between church and state. Apparently these prohibitions only apply to arguments made by conservative Christians.

Stoyer went on to say:

“‘Our Declaration of Independence, as all of us quote so often, says: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men’—of course, if Jefferson were writing today, it would be either all people or all humankind—‘are created equal, that they are endowed by’—not a Congress, not by a Constitution, not by a will of the majority—‘their Creator’—by God—‘with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’”

On this point Steny Hoyer is absolutely right. I and others have been making this same argument for decades.

Now that Rep. Hoyer has brought God into the debate, on what basis does the congressman believe God would approve of same-sex marriage? God certainly didn’t design “humankind” in such a way that would lead anybody to believe that same-sex sexuality is biologically possible.

How does Hoyer know God would approve of same-sex marriage? There’s nothing in the Bible that supports same-sex sexuality. So on what is he basing his happiness morality?

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Tabloid Compares Solange Knowles’s Hair to a Dog’s Fur


In a recent issue of In Touch Weekly, a feature called “Double Creature” compared Solange Knowles to a dog. The reader-submitted blurb reads, “Yorkipoo Jackie is ‘basically twinsies’ with Beyoncé’s sis, says the 5-year-old pup’s owner, Brian Murray Jr. ‘They rock the same hairdo and he’s very loyal to his…’”

The publication likening a woman choosing to wear her hair naturally to a dog has outraged many, calling the association ignorant and racist. “[It’s] a sobering reminder of the resistance some black women face when they choose to rock their natural hair unapologetically,“ Leila Noelliste, the creator of, writes on the site. She notes that the offensive photo is especially disconcerting considering the positive press attention Knowles received surrounding the afro style the singer wore to her recent wedding.

Patrice Grell Yursik, founder of the blog Afrobella, tells Yahoo Style that while she thinks that the article was an attempt to be cute, it’s actually a total fail. “It’s obviously offensive to compare a woman of color’s natural hair to a dog’s fur,” she says. “Even though this was reader submitted, I think it was ignorant and ill advised of In Touch to publish it.”

In a statement, the magazine explains that they publish a weekly story called “Animal Overload,” including a regular column called “Double Creature.” It insists that the recurring series is meant to be fun and each one incorporates a diverse selection of both people and pets. “In response to recent articles printed, we want to make it clear that there was never any intent to be insensitive and no harm was meant towards anyone.”

Those that choose not to style their hair with relaxers, or in a traditional way, have continuously received negative attention for their look. When Blue Ivy Knowles, Solange’s niece, appeared at the Video Music Awards this summer, the 2-year-old was condemned for having “unkempt” and “dry” hair. During Gabby Douglas’s stint at the London Olympics, critics called the then 16-year-old’s chemically straightened ponytail a supposed failure to properly “represent” the African American community.

But while this continuous disparagement is obviously maddening, Petra, a writer for, notes: “People say crazy stuff all the time about our hair and general appearance, we are used to it, we depend on each other to know what is right, what is mediocre and what is down right wrong to say,”

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Ebola Victims may Include Dog in Spain

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.

Lab experiments on other animals suggest their urine, saliva or stool might contain the virus. That means that in theory, people might catch it through an infected dog licking or biting them, or from grooming.

“Clearly we want to look at all possibilities. We have not identified this as a means of transmission,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The nursing assistant and her husband have been in isolation since she tested positive for Ebola earlier this week. She was part of team at a Madrid hospital that cared for a missionary priest who died of Ebola.

The Madrid regional government got a court order to euthanize their dog, saying “available scientific information” can’t rule out it could spread the virus.

The dog’s owners don’t want it killed. Carlos Rodriguez, a Spanish veterinarian and host of a talk show about animals, said the husband messaged him from the hospital, trying to grant him temporary custody of the mixed-breed dog.

But now that there is a court order, “I can’t stop this happening,” Rodriguez said. The husband “asked me, crying, to at least make sure the animal does not suffer.”

The Spanish animal rights group Animal Equality complained that authorities wanted to “sacrifice the animal without even diagnosing it or considering the possibility of placing it in quarantine.”

It’s not clear how effective quarantine would be, since infected dogs don’t show symptoms and it’s not known how long the virus can last in them, or how long tests would have to be done to check for it.

Dr. Peter Cowen, a veterinarian at North Carolina State University who has advised global health experts on animal infection disease risks, says killing the dog is “clearly an overreaction.”

“I think it’s very unfortunate they are thinking of euthanizing that dog. They should really study it instead,” he said. “Ebola has never been documented to be spread by a dog,” and that’s clearly not a major route of spread in the outbreak in Africa, he said.

Ebola’s source in nature hasn’t been pinpointed. The leading suspect is a certain type of fruit bat, but the World Health Organization lists chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines as possibly playing a role in spread of the disease. Even pig farms may amplify infection because of bats on farms.

The possibility of spread by dogs — at least in Africa — was raised by a 2005 report. Researchers tested dogs during the 2001-2002 Ebola outbreak in Gabon after seeing some of them eating infected dead animals. Of the 337 dogs from various towns and villages, 9 percent to 25 percent showed antibodies to Ebola, a sign they were infected or exposed to the virus.

“I think it’s possible” that dogs might spread Ebola, but it’s not likely in the U.S. or other places where dogs aren’t near corpses or eating infected animals, said Sharon Curtis Granskog, a spokeswoman for the American Veterinary Medical Association.

In Dallas, health officials are monitoring 48 people who may have had contact with Ebola patient Thomas Duncan, but “we are not monitoring any animals at this time,” said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services.