LEBANON: Pet dogs foam at the mouth and suffer an agonizing death as scores of the animals are poisoned by Lebanese owners fearing they can transmit Coronavirus to humans, based on a false report.
The SUN Horrific footage shared widely on social media claims to show a hound convulsing as it dies in a vet’s surgery surrounded by its heartbroken owners. It is claimed by activists the animal, named Odin, was fed poisoned treats in the town of Bsalim located north east of Beirut.
Another video shows two dogs foaming at the mouth after allegedly being given a pesticide by a woman in the town of Mhaydseh, east of the capital.
Other images show pets, including cats, abandoned on the streets after a news report in the country falsely claimed animals could transmit the virus to humans.
The bogus report appeared on Murr Television, also known locally as MTV, discussing a case in Belgium where a house cat was struck down by coronavirus.
Pictures shared by blogger Gino Raidy claim to show some of the tainted food which is allegedly being given to pets in the Sursock area of the Lebanese capital.
Health officials in Brussels confirmed that the animal had been infected by its owner and that there is zero evidence pets can transmit the virus to humans. Yet, a doctor appeared on the Lebanese TV network and claimed that animals could “contaminate people”, it has been reported.
The World Health Organization has previously made clear there is no evidence pets can infect humans after two dogs in Hong Kong became sick with the virus.