Community officers beat dogs to death to prevent coronavirus


Community officers around China have been accused of clubbing pets or stray animals to death in front of horrified residents during their campaigns to stop the spread of coronavirus.

No evidence shows the virus can be passed onto pets, according to the World Health Organization.

But new videos purport to capture workers killing dogs in broad daylight by beating them with wooden rods. 

One clip, shared by Chengdu Pet Adaptation Platform, appears to show a black Labrador in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, being bludgeoned by four volunteers from a community yesterday afternoon, the organisation said.

The pet had not attacked anyone and was waiting for its owner on a street when the volunteers surrounded and attacked it, a post alleged. 

When the dog's owner arrived, the pet had allegedly died and the officers had left. 

A separate clip appears to show one officer in Yongjia County, Zhejiang Province, savagely hitting a dog by the side of a road using a wooden stick.

The officer donned a face mask and a sheet of plastic as a makeshift protective suit. He is seen hitting the pooch at least three times as some residents watched on.

According to animal activists, the incident took place today in Huangsha Village. It is said officers culled all chickens and dogs after two visitors to the community were diagnosed with the virus on Monday.

Just yesterday, a video showed one worker beating a pooch to death with a huge wooden club in broad daylight.

The horrifying incident took place yesterday morning at a residential complex in the city of Nanchong in Sichuan Province, according to activists.

They condemned the community officer of abusing his power and killing animals in the name of preventing the coronavirus.

Officials of the community denied online allegations.

They claimed that the video showed the workers culling a stray dog which had bitten some residents and caused panic in the complex. 

Communities around the country allegedly ordered citizens to get rid of their pets - or risk having them culled - amid fears that animals could also pick up the deadly disease. 

World Health Organization (WHO), however, says that it has not seen any evidence of the virus being passed onto cats or dogs. 


The widespread fears were sparked by comments made by one of China's top experts for infectious diseases.

Prof. Li Lanjuan, a member of the senior expert team from China's National Health Commission, last month warned that pets would also need to be quarantined should they be exposed to coronavirus patients.

Authorities in China are now trying desperately to stop people from throwing away their pets. 

Animal welfare organisation Humane Society International (HSI) condemned the Chinese Sichuan workers' behaviour. 

HSI's spokesperson Wendy Higgins said: 'Any evidence of animals being beaten to death in the street is extremely distressing, no matter what the circumstances. 

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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