The claim: Pets don’t spread the coronavirus
Several Facebook posts have circulated in recent days claiming that pet owners are dropping off their pets at shelters in fear the animals could spread the coronavirus.
One post from a Facebook page called “Santa Paws Little Helper” had more than 265,000 shares as of Monday. It has since been taken down.
“Pets carry no threat and do not spread the virus,” the post said. “Fake news is causing stupid people to drop off pets at shelters.”