Coronavirus – Quarantined man's ‘cat is BURIED ALIVE by panicked neighbours who feared it could spread bug'

NEIGHBOURS of a cat lover quarantined during the coronavirus outbreak BURIED his pet alive while he was in lockdown.

The unnamed man, from Wuxi in the Chinese province of Jiangsu, had reportedly been confined to hospital despite not being diagnosed with the deadly illness.

He had arranged with his landlords to leave his moggie on his balcony for a friend to come and pick it up at a later date, reports HK01 News.

However, someone then apparently entered his apartment and stuffed the cat into a plastic bag before burying it in  nearby wasteland.

The shocking incident came after false rumours spread throughout China that the killer virus could be passed on by cats and dogs.

When the man left quarantine and confronted his landlords, he was reportedly told the actions were a result of a "public health emergency response".

Responding to neighbours' "demands" for action, the company said they were following national orders to "control or kill infected wild animals, livestock and poultry" during the outbreak.

PETA Asia's media officer Keith Guo told Asia Wire: "It is extremely cruel to bury an animal alive for any reason. PETA urges the public to stop spreading rumours and pet owners not to panic.

"The World Health Organisation has issued a statement that there is no evidence that dogs and cats will be infected with the new coronavirus."

The news comes as it was revealed a litter of puppies was dumped on a building site amid reports coronavirus has now killed at least 362 people and infected more than 17,380 globally.

The helpless pups were discovered abandoned in central China's Henan Province, say reports from the crisis-hit country.

On Friday, the Sun Online told how panicking pet owners were throwing cats and dogs out of towerblocks following the bogus claims deadly coronavirus can be passed on by animals.

Chilling pictures coming out of China are said to show the bloodied corpses of animals lying in the road after being hurled to their death.

One dog was found dead after allegedly being thrown from one block of flats in Tianjin City in Hebei Province  – home to the outbreak epicentre Wuhan.

Five cats were also thrown to death in Shanghai, with locals apparently saying they were pets as they had smooth and clean fur, say unconfirmed reports.

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