Community Officers Brutally Beat Dogs To Death To Stop Them From Spreading Coronavirus In China

Community Officers Brutally Beat Dogs To Death To Stop Them From Spreading Coronavirus In China

The officers denied these allegations and claimed that one of the dogs had bitten some residents, which caused a panic in the community.

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Misinformation can spread fear and that's exactly what's happening in different parts of the world, especially in China. The deadly coronavirus has claimed the lives of over 1,000 people, and in a horribly misguided attempt to stop the spread of the virus, some authorities have resorted to killing dogs. Daily Mail reports that Chinese community officers have been beating stray dogs to death in an attempt to stop the disease from spreading further. The outlet reportedly obtained a gruesome video of officials beating up these poor dogs with a wooden stick till they stopped moving. This video was sent in by horrified animal activists. 


The community officers informed residents of the complex, Guibi Garden, in Nanchong that no pet dogs would be allowed outside. "As long as [we] see a dog in the complex, no matter if it is on the lead or not, we will beat it to death," the officers were quoted saying. Another video showed these dogs taken away after being killed.  


The animal rights group condemned the act. "At the crucial point of fighting the epidemic, the management office and community officers should have disinfected the neighborhood, recorded information of visitors, supervised suspected patients under quarantine or even given care to the psychological stress and trauma residents got from the epidemic. But instead, [they] ignored citizens' love and appeal for animals and killed lives at will without giving notice or seeking permission."


One volunteer from the Nanchong Stray Animal Rescue group said it was hard for him and others to enter the complex in time to put an end to this atrocity because he's an outsider, and they wouldn't be let in easily because of the outbreak. He added that the dogs were obedient and healthy and were fed just two hours before being brutally killed. However, officials of the Nanhu Committee denied the allegations and they said the dog in question had bitten some residents and caused panic in the community. 


The news comes after communities have been encouraging residents to get rid of their pets. However, WHO has debunked this myth and said that it has not seen any evidence of the virus being passed onto cats or dogs, according to their website. Authorities in China are now looking to tackle the issue wherein people are getting rid of their pets. The coronavirus epidemic has so far claimed more than 1,018 lives and infected more than 43,130 people in 28 countries and territories around the world.


Nearly 99 percent of the infections so far have been reported in China.  A total of 103 people died in a single day in China's Hubei province on Monday - the highest toll recorded in any one 24-hour period since the outbreak began in December.  On the same day, WHO experts and scientists finally arrived in China so that they can offer some kind of help to the officials there to study the outbreak and try to contain it. 


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