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Chinese community officers beating dogs to death to stop coronavirus: Report

Achuka George

Feb. 11, 2020

Some Chinese community officers have reportedly been beating stray dogs to death in an attempt to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 1,000 people.
The Daily Mail obtained a video from animal activists reportedly showing an officer hitting a small dog with a long wooden stick until it stopped moving. Another clip sent to the paper shows people taking away the corpses of dead dogs. Nanchong Stray Animal Rescue told the Daily Mail two strays were killed Tuesday morning. Nanchong is a city in China’s Sichuan Province.
Both clips were heavily censored on the paper’s website.
Residents of the Guibi Garden complex where the animal abuse allegedly occurred were told not to let their pets outside, the Mail reports.
One officer allegedly said, “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.”
While many communities in China have allegedly told residents to get rid of its pets over fears they could pick up the virus, the World Health Organization downplays the risk.
“At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus,” WHO says on its website.
Officials at Nanhu Committee, which manages Guibi Garden, denies its staff were killing dogs over coronavirus fears. According to the Mail, they said workers had killed a stray dog because it had bitten residents. But they admitted the canine should have been taken to a shelter, adding and that the workers had been disciplined.
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