Health workers beat pet Corgi to death with iron bars while owner quarantined
Chinese health workers have come under fire after reportedly beating a pet dog to death with a crowbar while its owner was in quarantine.
Video footage of the incident recorded by the woman’s security camera in Shangrao, Jiangxi province, appeared to show one of the workers disinfecting her flat and killing her pet.
Local authorities proceeded to issue a statement apologising for the incident and said that one of the health workers had been dismissed but claimed the dog had been the subject of a “harmless disposal”, the BBC reports.
The neighbourhood where the dog’s owner lived, had been labelled a Covid-19 controlled area, meaning residents were forced to quarantine while health workers disinfected their homes.
The owner however said that the hotel did not allow pets, so she was forced to leave her corgi at home.
The killing sparked outrage among social media users on Chinese platform Weibo, with the video having been viewed millions of times.
A distressed user commented: "Who gave them the right to break into her home and kill her dog?"
Another said: "This is a violation of a citizen's privacy and the security of her property!"
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While a third added: "Pets are an owner's private property and they cannot be culled without permission! Even if culling is necessary, there needs to be a solid, scientific basis for it!"
This case does not appear to be the first one of its kind however, as earlier this month, cats belonging to a resident of Chengdu were said to have been killed after testing positive for Covid.
In September that three cats in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, were euthanised while their owner was in quarantine, despite not having been tested for the disease.
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