Ever since the deadly outbreak of the novel coronavirus, China is decisively working towards containing it.
Amid the crisis some chilling pictures coming out of crisis-hit 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.
The shocking incidents were sparked after Dr Li Lanjuan said on Chinese state TV said : "If pets come into contact with suspected patients, they should be quarantined."
However, a local media outlet then reportedly tweaked her words into "cats and dogs can spread the coronavirus".
The false rumour spread quickly after Zhibo China posted it on social media platform Weibo.
In a bid to put and end to the false claims, China Global Television Network posted a quote from the World Health Organisation.
It read: "There is no evidence showing that pets such as cats and dogs can contract the novel coronavirus, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday."