Outrage after pets who travelled with Vietnam couple killed in Covid scare

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A heartwarming story of a couple and their pets on a road trip in Vietnam comes to a brutal end when they learn that the animals were “brutally killed” by government officials.

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Pictures and videos from a cross-country road trip of the Vietnamese couple and their pets went viral on social media.

The pair became popular as several users said that they have found a story to comfort them as the Covid-19 pandemic rages on in the country.

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49-year-old bricklayer Pham Minh Hung with his wife, relatives and at least 12 dogs had embarked on a 300km long journey from Vietnam’s Long An province to his hometown of Ca Mau province as part of some strict lockdown measures. was lifted.

Upon arrival at their destination, Mr Pham and his wife tested positive for Covid and were in hospital quarantine when they learned that their pet had been allegedly killed by government officials, who said they had carried out this act out of fear of transmitting covid.

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Grieved after losing his pet, Mr Pham told the BBC that at first he “didn’t want to believe this had actually happened… I couldn’t do anything to protect my children.” [referring to his dogs]”

“My wife and I cried so much that we couldn’t sleep,” he said.

Mr. Pham’s tale of an army of dogs and a cat captivated Vietnamese TikTok users as the family began their journey on October 8.

Pictures and videos of some of their dogs wearing raincoats and sitting on top of their belongings went viral on social media.

The exact number of animals is not known. Some reports said the couple and their relatives were traveling with 12 pets, while others said there were a total of 17 pets, including a cat.

According to the BBC, the couple had given two dogs to a volunteer when they reached CA Mau, while the other died.

Public outrage and campaigns soon erupted, describing the killings as “brutal and inhumane”.

Mr Pham said he was told by the authorities that the pet was killed by local authorities after he and his wife contracted Covid. He alleged that the pet was hit with a cane before being killed.

Mr Pham’s wife Nguyen Duy Khan told Vice News that their relatives’ pets were first drowned and then burned.

“Two men put my dogs in the bag, doused them in water and then threw them into the fire to burn them,” Ms Nguyen told the news outlet, citing witnesses.

A local official, Tran Tan Kang, told a news conference on Sunday that the decision to kill the animals immediately was a “necessary preventive measure” because it was a priority to control the spread of the disease.

The brutal killings have led to a petition calling for an end to the practice of killing animals. The petition has garnered over 150,000 signatures.

PETA Asia condemned the killing, calling on officials to “stop killing cats and dogs over Covid myths”.

According to studies, there is no scientific evidence that pets can cause transmission of coronavirus. However, animals can sometimes contract Covid from humans. They usually remain asymptomatic or exhibit mild symptoms.

Mr Pham now wants justice for the pets, which he says he raised as his “children” for almost six years.

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