Pets thrown from towers after coronavirus rumours

Following rumours animals are spreading the deadly coronavirus, people in China have been throwing their pets from towers.

One dog was found dead after allegedly being thrown from a tower block in the Heyuan Guohe Garden area of Tianjin City in China’s Hebei Province.

Local media report the dog was thrown from the upper floors of a tower block at 4am and it hit the sunroof of a car before ending up on the ground.

Reports state the dog hitting the car woke neighbours up as it sounded like a tyre explosion.

They then found the dog lying dead on the ground with its blood staining the bricks.

The animals died after rumours pets could spread coronavirus. Source: Australscope/Asia Wire

The owner of the dog has not been identified while the vehicle owner is waiting for the police to name them so they receive compensation for the damage done to the car.

Reports state five cats were thrown to death in the city of Shanghai, with locals believing they were pets as they had smooth and clean fur. Their owner has not been identified.

The incidents come after Dr Li Lanjuan said in an interview on China Central Television if pets come into contact with suspected patients, they should be quarantined.

However, a local media outlet named Zhibo China reportedly tweaked her words into "cats and dogs can spread the coronavirus".

The rumour spread shortly after Zhibo China posted it on social media platform Weibo.

To try to put an end to the rumour, China Global Television Network’s official Weibo account quoted from the World Health Organisation (WHO) there was no evidence that showed pets such as cats and dogs could contact the novel coronavirus.

Three cats lying dead cats on the ground after being thrown from tower blocks in China. Source: Australscope/Asia Wire

The organisation suggested washing hands with soap and water to prevent other germs from transmitting between humans and animals.

PETA Asia press officer for China, Keith Guo, told AsiaWire: "We hope the police can find the cold-blooded guardians of those poor animals as soon as possible.”

“In fact, it's the filthy factory farms, slaughterhouses, and meat markets that threaten the health of every human being on the planet by providing a breeding ground for deadly diseases like coronavirus, SARS, bird flu, and more."


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