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Coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in acts of animal abuse including abandonment by owners over fears their pets might contract COVID-19 and spread the disease

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.  Read more..​..

 

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