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Video footage of a dog killed by COVID-19 prevention officers in China sparked outrage after a clip showing the incident went viral on Chinese social media.

Last Friday, a woman claiming to be the dog’s owner posted the video on Chinese social media site Weibo.

In the video post, which was viewed by Global News and has since been deleted, a small corgi is awoken by two workers entering the apartment. The corgi curl up under a table as workers discuss the dog’s fate.

“Did the chief say we need to fix the problem here on site?” A worker wearing a full hazmat suit can be heard asking. “Yes,” the other replies, before hitting the dog on the head with a crowbar. The dog moans and runs off camera. Later, the two workers are seen returning to the screen, carrying something in a yellow plastic bag – presumably the dog.

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The dog’s owner, CNN reports, was in compulsory quarantine at a hotel nearby in the Chinese city of Shangrao in southeastern Jiangxi Province. Several people in her apartment building tested positive for the virus, but she then tested negative.

The woman, who was watching through a security camera installed in her apartment, attempted to negotiate with the workers through the camera microphone, begging them to stop. They told him they were just following orders.

Local authorities confirmed via a press release that the dog was killed as part of the disinfection measures, but admitted doing so “without proper communication” with the dog’s owner. They assured that the dog had been “eliminated without danger”.

“Absolutely shocking, heartbreaking and utterly brutal,” PETA spokesperson Ashley Fruno told CNN of the video.

“There is no justifiable reason why this should be done to a pet. “

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The dog’s death has sparked outrage over the Chinese government’s treatment of animals as part of its zero COVID strategy. An outbreak of Delta variant cases across the country has prompted the government to scramble to curb infections with massive contact tracing efforts, city-wide closures and mandatory quarantines.

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Shanghai Disneyland was closed earlier this month and 34,000 people have been tested, after one person tested positive for the virus.

Some quarantine hotels in China’s largest cities allow pets to accompany their owners, but this is not always the case in many small towns and villages, and many people are forced to abandon their pets in their homes. rush to isolate himself. There have been reports of animal deaths caused by disease prevention agents.

In September, a woman reported that her three cats were killed when she was not at home in quarantine. And authorities in Chengdu and Wuxi cities have also killed cats after entering private residences, reports NPR.

The VCA Animal Hospitals website states that COVID-19 can occur in pets, but “these cases are rare and appear to occur after exposure to infected human family members.”

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And although there have been reported cases of transmission of the virus from mink to humans on farms in the Netherlands and Denmark, the World Organization for Animal Health said that no cases of transmission of mink Animal-to-human related to pets have not been reported.

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