HUNDREDS of cats and dogs abandoned in the outbreak city of Wuhan are being ruthlessly executed by the Chinese authorities, say reports.
Many of the starving pets were left alone in houses and apartments when their panicked owners hastily fled the coronavirus-stricken community.
“We know that many dogs and cats have been left behind in apartments in Wuhan, in particular, when residents were evacuated,” said Wendy Higgins, director of international media at Humane Society International.
“Estimates are impossible, but we do know that in Wuhan, for example, animal activists have assisted with animals in upwards of 1,000 apartments. So, the numbers nationwide will be significant.”
CNN reports those who left their pets behind typically left only enough food and water to last a few days.
While some have been rescued by animal welfare activists, others either starved to death or were reportedly killed.
Vine Animal Protection Association, a China-based animal welfare group, estimates tens of thousands were left alone to die.
“Things can get worse if the epidemic remains uncontrolled,” warned Deng Fang, chief of staff for Vshine.
Chinese officials have also been rounding up animals and executing them in a bizarre bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus, according to reports.
False fears over pets catching the virus first circulated after a Chinese health expert claimed animals needed to be quarantined.
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