The city of Dallas spent $27,000 caring for a dog that belongs to Nina Pham, a nurse who contracted the Ebola virus from a patient she was treating, according to figures released by the city this week.
A significant part of the cost of housing and monitoring Pham's dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Bentley, while Pham was in quarantine, is being offset by $19,000 in private donations and grants, according to a report from NBC News.
Figures released by the city, and cited by Mashable, detailed the exact costs of Bentley's care. They included:
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
In total, the figures released by the city revealed that authorities spent $155,000 on patient care security, cleaning and other expenses. The greatest single expense was hazardous-materials response, at $58,700, according to Buzzfeed.
The Texas Department of State Health Services said it incurred about $1.28 million in costs in relation to dealing with Ebola, according to CBS News.
Pham, along with Amber Vinson, her colleague at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, contracted the Ebola virus while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national who was the first Ebola patient in the U.S.
Pham was placed in isolation on Oct. 10 after she reported a fever. Her family confirmed on Oct. 13 that she had contracted Ebola. Pham was declared Ebola-free and released from the hospital in Oct. 24.
Pham was reunited with Bentley Nov. 1, and both dog and owner were evidently pleased to see each other.
He can't stop kissing Nina. pic.twitter.com/e6AikqWsyE
â€” Sana Syed (@dallaspiosana) November 1, 2014
Nina Pham and Bentley looking so happy together. :) pic.twitter.com/zLBQ4Dkvd6
â€” Christine (@MsChristine_Lee) November 1, 2014