NextSharkNextShark.com
Latest Newsletter🍵 Details from Half Moon BayRead

Article

Video of pet corgi being beaten with crowbar while owner was in quarantine draws outrage in China

    Asian America Daily - in under 5 minutes

    Get our collection of Asian America's most essential stories, to your inbox daily, for free!

    Unsure? Check out our Newsletter Archive

    Editor’s Note: This article discusses animal abuse. The video contained in this article contains disturbing and violent imagery.

    A chilling video showing two health workers beating a pet corgi to death with a metal rod while its owner was in a quarantine facility in China has caused outrage on Chinese social media over the weekend.

    No mercy: The incident was captured inside the home of a pet owner, only identified as surname Fu, in the city of Shangrao, Jiangxi Province, on Friday, according to CNN. Fu was reportedly under a mandatory quarantine at a nearby hotel when the health workers barged into her apartment.

    • Since Fu could not bring her dog with her, local health workers assured her that they would take care of her pet corgi in her absence, reported National Public Radio. Instead of taking care of the animal, the health personnel were recorded entering Fu’s home and  beating her pet to death with a metal rod.
    • Did the leader say we need to settle it right here on the spot?” one of them reportedly asked. “Yes,” the other person replied. The health workers then tried to hit the corgi that was hiding under the table on the head. The injured animal then ran to another room outside the camera’s field of vision.
    • The dog tried to avoid the beating and fled into the bedroom, and therefore it wasn’t recorded by surveillance camera, but [I] could hear faint wails,” the owner said in a now-deleted Weibo post. “A few minutes later, they said they’d dealt with it and would take it away, holding a yellow plastic bag in their hands.”

    The confirmation: On Saturday, Xinzhou district officials confirmed in a statement that Fu’s dog was killed by the health personnel who entered her home. They explained that the incident was part of its effort to “thoroughly disinfect” houses in the area as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the country.

    • Officials also said health workers opened the pet owner’s home by force in the presence of the police, as those entering quarantine are  instructed to leave their doors open when they leave.
    • Authorities later apologized to Fu for the incident. The workers have also been fired for “the harmless disposal of a pet dog without having fully communicated with the pet owner,” a statement posted on Chinese social media reads.
    • Fu said local officials and her employer urged her to take down her post on social media about the incident after it went viral.
    • One of the top comments on Chinese social media criticized the government’s handling of Fu’s case, particularly their decision to kill the dog before testing it for COVID-19. Other commenters voiced their support of the health officials’ actions, saying the corgi’s death was for the “greater good” and pointing out that human lives are more important.

    Featured Image via Pixabay

    Support our Journalism with a Contribution

    Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

    Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

    However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

    We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way.  Thank you for everyone's support. We love you all and can't appreciate you guys enough.

    Support NextShark

    Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Discover, Paypal