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Volunteer rescuers step in to save Shanghai's locked-down pets

China's pursuit of "zero-Covid" means anyone who catches the virus is sent to central facilities, sometimes for weeks, leaving their pets at the mercy of local authorities.

Fears of animals being unfed or abandoned have arisen. Furthermore, among other similar incidents, a recently circulating video showed a health worker in Shanghai beating a Corgi dog to death. People are desperate for their animals to be saved.

In January, Hong Kong culled around 2,000 hamsters after one tested positive for Covid-19. Bertha WANG AFP

Ms Erin Leigh is the main organiser of an emergency rescue service that has been formed to help pets who could otherwise become casualties of the hardline virus approach. In the last few weeks, she has expanded her group from a pet-sitting firm to a network of thousands of unpaid volunteers.

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