By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Feb 3, 2014
As the city of Sochi prepares for this week’s start of the Winter Olympics, some four-legged locals are causing concern for both Olympic officials and animal lovers, but for very different reasons.
Stray dogs are everywhere in Sochi, and city officials are doing everything they can to get rid of the dogs before they bite somebody, or walk into an Olympic venue during competition. But getting rid of the dogs means killing them, reports the Associated Press’ Mark Carlson.
It’s a big task, because there are thousands of strays running through the city’s streets. The local government has hired an animal extermination company to capture and kill the stray dogs.
Sochi animal activist Dina Filippova tells AP 300 dogs a month are typically killed, mostly with poison, a practice she calls inhumane. But this month, the company in charge of killing the strays says its been asked to increase its work during the Olympics.