Pham Minh Hung and his wife had amassed a sizable menagerie—17 dogs and one cat, to be exact—pets that they considered their own children.
But within the space of a few short hours on Sunday morning, all except two of their pets were killed by Vietnamese authorities, after the couple and one of the dogs tested positive for COVID-19.
“There’s nothing that can describe these feelings. I’m always thinking about the kids,” Hung told VICE World News, referring to their pets. “Even when eating and sleeping, I think about them all the time.”