2 health workers beat a quarantined woman's corgi to death in DISTURBING viral video

The footage shows two persons in hazmat suits beating the dog on the head with a rod, according to the canine's owner


                            2 health workers beat a quarantined woman's corgi to death in DISTURBING viral video
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The killing of a pet corgi dog by pandemic health workers enforcing China's zero-tolerance policy has sparked uproar.

On Weibo, a prominent Chinese social media network, the video went viral. The footage shows two persons in hazmat suits beating the dog on the head with a rod, according to the canine's owner.

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The dog dashes into another room, out of view, and one of the workers returns with an object in a yellow plastic bag.

"The point is that the dog was not even confirmed with the coronavirus. They just directly beat it to death — how can they be this cruel?" a person reported to NBC News. The video has been viewed millions of times, with users using hashtags to express their distress and fury.

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There is no evidence that coronavirus may be disseminated by domesticated animals, and there was no indication that the dog had been tested for coronavirus. 

The two workers were dispatched to the residential building in the city of Shangrao, where the incident occurred, according to government officials in the Xizhou district.

They went on to say that the anti-epidemic actions were carried out without "sufficient communication" with the dog's owner, but that the corgi was "disposed of harmlessly." They further stated that the medical personnel had been reprimanded. They were made to say sorry to the owner of that corgi. But this response from the government was nothing but fuel to the fire.

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The angry netizens shared their views online. "This is the most ridiculous, most evasive, most callous response I have ever seen," said a user on Weibo. 

A government-controlled tabloid's editor defended the government's conduct. "We cannot deny the overall hard work of the grassroots pandemic prevention workers because of a specific case," reported Hu Xijin, the editor-in-cheif of the Global times. 

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"We must not forget the most basic fact is that China's fight against the epidemic has saved countless lives. This is the most important fact that the majority of people care about," summed up Hu Xijin on the incident after being asked.