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Dallas Paid $27K To Care For Ebola Nurse’s Dog, Bentley

A total of $155,000 was spent on Ebola-related expenses. Much of Bentley's care costs will be reimbursed by donations and grants.

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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.

About $19,000 incurred for the care of @Nina_Pham's dog, Bentley, is being reimbursed by grants and donations. @1500Marilla @DallasShelter

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About $19,000 incurred for the care of @Nina_Pham's dog, Bentley, is being reimbursed by grants and donations. @1500Marilla @DallasShelter

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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.

Pham was reunited with her dog last month after Bentley was quarantined for 21 days and tested negative for Ebola three times.

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Mary Ann Georgantopoulos is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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