A ward-level administration in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam is providing temporary shelter and care for 12 dogs while their owners receive COVID-19 treatment.
Huynh Tan Phat, chairman of the People’s Committee in Quang Vinh Ward, located in the provincial capital of Bien Hoa, confirmed on Wednesday that the ward administration is taking care of 12 dogs which belong to a local family.
In early October, T.H., a resident in Quang Vinh Ward, and all of her family members were hospitalized after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, leaving their 12 dogs without proper care.
During the first days, local residents and on-duty officers at the COVID-19 checkpoint in the neighborhood took turns to feed the canines.
Eventually, they were not able to provide proper sanitary care for the dogs and reported the situation to local authorities.
Chairman Phat then directed his subordinates to provide temporary shelter for the dogs at the ward administration headquarters.
The dogs were then disinfected and taken to the headquarters, where volunteers have been providing them with baths and meals.
They are being kept inside cages to ensure the safety of both the dogs and authorities.
Nguyen Quoc Duong, a 21-year-old volunteer, said he has been feeding the dogs, giving them baths, blow-drying them, and allowing them to sunbathe as if they were his own pets.
Some of the dogs were quite aggressive at first, Duong stated, adding that they eventually grew fond of him.
|Nguyen Quoc Duong mixes rice with gravy to feed the dogs. Photo: B.A. / Tuoi Tre|
“I give the older canines dog food, and feed the smaller ones rice mixed with gravy,” he continued.
“I don’t mind the risk of COVID-19 infection. Their owners are now away, so I can’t just let them die.”
H.’s family sent their gratitude after hearing that their pets have been given proper care.
The family said they can now focus on their COVID-19 treatment.
Dong Nai Province has been the third hardest-hit locality in the country since the fourth outbreak begun on April 27, with over 56,000 local infections and more than 500 deaths.