Another pet dog beaten to death by health worker, growing frustration with Shanghai’s Covid response

ORn the night of April 6, photos and a video of a corgi dog that was beaten to death by a Shanghai health worker flooded Chinese social media after the WeChat account ‘corgi sh’ posted about the incident.

The post included screenshots of comments provided by the person who allegedly recorded the incident on their phone. The person, nicknamed ‘Isabella’, confirmed that the incident occurred in the Pudong district of Shanghai. Apparently, the dog’s owner had been quarantined after testing positive for covid-19, after which an anti-epidemic worker killed the dog with a stick in the middle of the street in Caoluzhen.

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In November 2021, there was widespread outrage after a video went viral of anti-epidemic workers killing a pet dog in Shangrao while the dog’s owner was quarantined in a nearby hotel. In March 2022, a very similar incident occurred again in Huizhou, when a Samoyed dog was beaten to death by anti-epidemic workers while its owners were quarantined elsewhere in Huizhou. Both incidents were captured by the home’s security cameras.

The latest dog-slaughter incident in Shanghai did not happen inside the house, but on the streets of Pudong. “This is ruthless and cruel,” some Weibo commenters said.

The corgi dog was on the street after its owners were taken to a designated isolation site. The dog’s owner responded in a community WeChat group that they had left their dog on the street for the community to take care of because they feared the dog would starve if left inside without enough food to eat.

Once outside, the woman’s husband had wanted to bring the dog back to their house, allegedly thinking it would be safer inside, but they were not allowed to bring the dog inside and had to leave it behind.

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Other members of the WeChat group stated that the neighborhood committee had allegedly said that the dog owners no longer wanted their dog, and others said that the dogs were not allowed to roam freely within the community premises.

Shanghai Pudong has been in lockdown since March 28. Lockdowns in the city have been extended due to rising Covid-19 numbers, with many people across the city struggling to get food and supplies delivered, including vegetables, medicine and pet food. . In addition to complaints about food deliveries and the availability of medicines, there has also been concern and anger online that health services are inadequate and people in need of urgent care are not getting the help they need.

There have also been many complaints about poor hygiene, overcrowding and mismanagement of quarantine places. Parents have worried about being separated from their children if they test positive for Covid; News of young children being separated from their parents in Shanghai’s Jinshan district also sparked anger last week. At one location in Shanghai, fights broke out over food, water and other supplies on Monday.

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In the WeChat community group, the dog’s owner said, “We were hoping to let it out and be like a stray dog. We didn’t want him to starve. As long as he could live, he would be fine. We never expected him to be beaten to death the moment we left.”

The situation faced by the dog owners is one faced by many residents who are being quarantined. Many worry not only about what will happen to their pets after they are gone, but also about the younger and older members of their family. Earlier this month, a person asked for help on Weibo after a 10-year-old girl was left home alone after her parents left for an isolation site. Another person wrote asking for help Tuesday about a 98-year-old grandmother who was alone in her apartment with no one to take care of her.

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For many people, the situations they face in light of isolation are more frightening than the virus itself. Therefore, many on social media have commented that they are not necessarily afraid of contracting Covid, but more afraid of being taken to quarantine after testing positive.

“Didn’t they say from the beginning that pets can’t transmit the virus?” one Weibo commenter wondered. A poster showing a cat saying “I can’t transmit covid19, please don’t leave me or hurt me” has been circulating on social media for months, broadcast by a Chinese state media outlet. village newspaper. The Shanghai Center for Disease Prevention and Control previously stated that small pets are unlikely to contract Covid19 and therefore should not need to be tested.

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“They were still promoting how you can self-isolate along with your pet last year, what changed?” one person asked.

As of Wednesday night local time, a video of the Shanghai dog-slaughter incident had received more than 224,000 likes, 77,000 shares, and nearly 20,000 comments. on Weibo.

“I’m so mad it makes me cry,” some people write in the comments section: “Is this Shanghai? What the hell are they doing?!”

For more articles on Covid-19 topics on Chinese social media, please see here.

By Manya Koetse

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