Breitbart Texas wants Dallas Ebola patient Nina Pham's dog to die. Or at least that's our take-away from two alarmist articles suggesting that the Cavalier King Charles spaniel, like one of those fast-moving zombies in 28 Days Later, only with more hair, might infect every last one of us.
Pham's "dog remained in her apartment for over 24 hours following her diagnosis," Kristin Tate wrote for Breitbart. "It is possible that the pet has Ebola -- CDC studies have found that dogs may carry and be a source of the deadly virus."
True. It's also possible the dog has fleas. We just don't know!
Buckley, Bentley, is in the custody of Dallas Animal Services at an "undisclosed facility."
Richard Hill, spokesman for Dallas' Office of Emergency management "speculated the dog would be monitored for signs of the virus for 21 days, the same period used for people who may have come into contact with the virus," according to NBC.
So far, Bentley's doing better than Excalibur, the dog euthanized by Madrid health officials after his owner, a nurse's assistant, contracted Ebola.
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We wonder if Breitbart thinks that might be the wisest course of action for Bentley -- after all, as Tate wrote, Pham "has a dog and no one knows for sure yet if she or the pup, now in quarantine, came in contact with any of the neighborhood school kids."
The article also noted a CDC study that "looked at 439 dogs from areas Gabon, a place heavily afflicted by Ebola. Most of the dogs had contracted the disease from licking up vomit or eating other infected animals."
Perhaps suspecting that Bentley spent 24 hours ingesting his owner's vomit; eating Ebola-infected critters running amok in Pham's home; or pricing fares to Gabon on Kayak, Tate wrote, "Despite the fact that the canine may be infected with the virus, it will reportedly not be put down."
We're just glad that, in the midst of this crisis, Breitbart Texas is out there asking the really tough questions. And the really stupid ones.