The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly affected humans resulting in the death of millions. The pandemic has been no different for animals. According to news coming from all over the world, several animals have been either put to death or abandoned as owners find it hard to take care of their pets as the lockdown continues around the world.

“We are entering a very busy time, with a lot of animal orphans expected to come into our care in the summer,” the chief executive of the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Kirsteen Campbell told local media.

In an incident that was reported in Scotland by the SPCA on Monday, a dog was dumped into a field after the animal was thrown out of a car.

Sookie the Saluki dog, was thrown out from a car into a field near Aberdeenshire. The unidentified driver was later spotted speeding away. It was taken to the Angus, Fife and Tayside Rescue and Rehoming center where the dog will be taken care of till it is ready to be is rehomed.

The center's manager Elliot Hay said Sookie, who is thin and nervous, is terrified of men. It is so terrified that even the sound of the swirling washing machine scares the canine. The authorities hope that the dog recovers from the trauma soon.

“It is early days but we believe it’s possible that some abandonments might be a result of coronavirus, perhaps through some people being forced to self-isolate,” Campbell said.

In another similar incident reported recently by the SPCA, a puppy was abandoned after its owner left it tied to a bench.

Rocky, the Staffie, who was found abandoned and tied to a park bench in Hamilton, was transferred to the Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre. The puppy suffered from a skin condition which was taken care of after the doctors conducted an intensive treatment on him. Staff said it is now happy and ready to find a loving home with an experienced owner.

“We are still taking calls from so many people, including hundreds from people worried about what might happen to their pets if they have to go into hospital because of coronavirus."

“We will get a clearer idea of that the longer things go on,” Campbell said.

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