Video of the beatings in an apartment complex in the city’s Pudong district was met with horror after it went viral on Chinese social media on Wednesday.
The clip, which appears to have been shot by a resident of a nearby building, shows the COVID-19 prevention guard wearing head-to-toe protective gear chasing a corgi down the street and hitting it three times with a shovel. Then the dog appears motionless.
Two photos posted online show Corgi dogs running behind a bus that is said to be taking its owner to an isolation center. Another photo shows his body being carried in a plastic bag.
The video and photos have been reposted and deleted by many users. CNN cannot identify the original uploader of the video.
According to state-owned China News Weekly, the dog’s owner was in quarantine at the time of the attack and was released onto the streets after he couldn’t find anyone to care for the animal in his absence. .
The magazine reported that the neighborhood committee allegedly refused to help care for the dog. The commission said it was concerned that a Corgi could also be infected.
“At that time, the workers did not address[la question]very comprehensively. We will then contact the owner and offer compensation. According to the China Weekly report, the commission responded as follows.
CNN made several attempts to contact the committee.
The incident was widely reported on Chinese social media platform Weibo. A related hashtag was viewed tens of millions of times before being lifted from heavy censorship. Location. The footage sparked shock and anger, with many describing the dog’s killing as cruel and unnecessary.
And China’s National Health Commission said there was so far no evidence that humans had been infected with the Covid virus from pets.
A popular post on Weibo was: “What does compensation mean? That’s life,” he said.
Another user wrote, “Pets are family too” – a sentiment shared by many other people.
Some even passed Something that was once considered unthinkable in the country: China’s fight to eradicate COVID-19 has gone too far.
We’d rather live with a virus
Throughout the pandemic, China has adhered to a zero Covid-19 policy aimed at eliminating all clusters and chains of transmission through border controls, mass testing, quarantine and strict lockdowns. At times, he resorted to extreme measures, including separating infected children from their parents and preventing residents from leaving their homes for weeks.
This policy was very popular with the public as many felt it necessary to avoid the high death rates and economic collapses seen in other countries such as the United States or the United Kingdom.
This is not the first time that a pet has been killed for fear of carrying the virus. Three cats last September and another corgi last November suffered the same fate. However, reactions on social media at the time were mixed – with some expressing sympathy and anger, while others said killing animals was necessary due to the pandemic.
This time around, the reactions seem very different, with numerous online comments decrying the killing – perhaps a sign of public impatience as conditions in lockdown deteriorate.
Many Shanghai residents have complained about not having access to essential supplies such as food and medicine. Cases of non-Covid patients dying without receiving medical attention in other emergencies have been reported. These frustrations were compounded by mixed messages from the Shanghai government insisting just two weeks ago that there were no plans to quarantine the city.
For some, the Corgi’s death was the last straw.
A Weibo user scoffed at the neighborhood committee’s response: “It’s been two years and they still think it’s (a corgi) virus. Aren’t these people from Earth?”
Another user put it more bluntly: “We would rather live with a virus than with this evil, evil human being.”