Dogs Poisoned To Death Amid Fear That They Could Transmit Deadly Virus

Dogs Poisoned To Death Amid Fear That They Could Transmit Deadly Virus

Dog owners in Lebanon poisoned their pets attempting to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

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Heart-breaking video of dogs suffering agonizing death has appeared in Lebanon after they were poisoned by their owners in an attempt to stop the transmission of the deadly coronavirus. This horrific footage emerged on social media after a report was shown on Lebanese TV claiming that cats and dogs could spread the virus, reports Daily Mail. To this point, there has been no evidence that proves pets can spread COVID-19, but several owners have abandoned their pets on the streets fearing that animals can transmit this virus. The two dogs from the video were allegedly poisoned using methomyl, a very common pesticide, by a woman from Mount Lebanon, in a village called Mhaydseh.


After the claims reported on MTV Saturday night was dismissed as fake by the activists and animal experts, the video was removed from all the social media. β€œMTV asked a doctor in Belgium about the cat who caught Covid-19 – not even a vet – who conveyed that pets can carry corona and contaminate people,” said Paola Rebeiz, an animal rights activist from her home in Beirut. β€œIt led to murders and abandonments galore. So far it looks just like people are doing this, but we are hearing that municipalities are also rounding up strays to kill them.” The campaign run by Rebeiz for raising awareness and stopping the poisoning has garnered the support of Gino Raidy, the controversial blogger.


The blogger, who has a huge number of followers on Twitter, feels that the issue has been existing before the report by MTV, but these misleading claims was one of the major reasons for the issue. β€œPeople are scared,” Raidy said. β€œTV [networks] here are sloppy... even though people count on them. Before there were laws against animal cruelty, so if the cops would enforce them, then there would be no problem. But now there is a fierce backlash online here against those doing the poisoning, which started way before the MTV report, as there were cases in several areas... people seem convinced [the dogs] are vectors.” Michel Murr, the chief of MTV, refused to comment on the issue, despite multiple requests.


β€œIn fact, there were 2 reports on dogs getting affected by the virus in Hong Kong, and one cat in Belgium who had tested positive. But the health officials reassure that pets were infected by the humans and there has been no evidence so far stating that it has happened the other way around. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, β€œWe do not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.” The Lebanon government is taking matters into their hands to calm the issue by letting health workers drive around the neighborhood with a megaphone educating the residents that cats and dogs can't spread the coronavirus. Animal rights organizations regularly find dogs chained to balconies and exotic pets starving and suffering after they were bought on the black market. The fact that Lebanon is in the midst of an economic meltdown doesn't help the case of these poor animals as it has fuelled a wave of pet dumping. 


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