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May 12, 2020 - Daily Mail Online

Coronavirus: Animal abuse and abandonment by owners increases

Coronavirus: Animal abuse and abandonment by owners increases
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The coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in acts of animal abuse, including abandonment by owners over fears pets might contract COVID-19, a study reported.

Concern around the role of pet animals in the spread of the virus first emerged in late February 2020, when a dog in Hong Kong tested positive for the coronavirus.

The 17-year-old male Pomeranian's diagnosis triggered a wave of deliberate acts of abuse against animals, according to the study.

This was despite there being no significant evidence that pets can spread the novel coronavirus to humans.

A group known as the Urban Construction Administration announced it would kill any pets found outdoors.

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