South Africa bans walking dogs, Spain cracks down on ‘pet rentals’ amid coronavirus crisis

Governments around the world have started putting harsh restrictions on dogs to help minimize the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.

Dog lovers in South Africa have been ordered not to take their beloved pets for a walk for three weeks, Police Minister Bheki Cele said at a news conference.

“We had discussions and agreed that there shall be no walking of dogs,” Cele said. “If you really want to walk your dog, do it around your house – it ends there.”

The new coronavirus crackdowns — which also ban jogging — come as the country, which has had 709 confirmed cases, begins a 24/7 curfew that the police and the military will begin enforcing Friday.

South Africans can still leave the house for essential services and to buy necessities like food and medicine. However, the country, unlike New York, has deemed alcohol sales as non-essential.

“Any person who is seen leaving a store with liquor, we’ll have problems,” Cele warned.

Dog lovers in Spain, where the virus has also hit with force, are still allowed to walk their pets — but can’t rent them out to others trying to get out of the house.

The Civil Guard police told Reuters it sanctioned a man who had repeatedly tried to rent his dogs out on Facebook.

Spain, which has had 47,610 cases and 3,434 deaths, declared a state of emergency on March 14 that imposed strict restrictions on movement — leading to 484 people arrests so far since the start of quarantine, cops said.

Hong Kong’s government has asked dog owners not to abandon their pets and to stop kissing them after a second dog tested positive for coronavirus and was sent for quarantine, Marketwatch reported.

“In the United States, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets, livestock, or wildlife, might be a source of COVID-19 infection at this time,” according to the CDC.

“However, because all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals.”

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