Sochi stray dogs ARE being hunted down and killed

February 6, 2014

It’s not just the journalists who are having a hard time of it in Sochi, Russia.

The country’s government has authorized a pest removal company to rid the city of hundreds of stray dogs before Friday’s Olympic opening ceremony, believing them to be too dangerous to be left roaming around. To combat the move, which has been met with outrage from animal lovers, Russian billionaire Oleg V. Deripaska has funded a rescue effort in conjunction with his charity organization Volnoe Delo.

“We were told, ‘Either you take all the dogs from the Olympic Village or we will shoot them,'” Olga Melnikova, who is coordinating the rescue effort, told The New York Times.

A rescue cart is now making its way around the Olympic Village, bringing the stray animals to a makeshift shelter called PovoDog, a play on the Russian word “povodok” (leash). About 80 animals are being held there currently, with many locals believing them to be abandoned pets or the offspring of abandoned pets. Since their eradication began in October, an estimated 300 dogs have been killed every month from a chemical injection that causes them to suffocate.

Addressing the issue, Mark Adams, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee, told reporters only that “It would be absolutely wrong to say that any healthy dog will be destroyed.” In the meantime, shelter workers hope the dogs in their care will find forever homes with the fans attending the Olympic games.

What the real problem here, as is always the case, is humans. Humans created the stray dog issue. The Sochi games should be boycotted by anyone that professes to care about and love dogs. Over 2000 dogs have been killed (not to mention two orca captured and taken from their natural lives). Even without stray dogs Sochi you are still greeting the world with a dump… Congratulations. I’d actually rather watch paint dry than watch the Olympics.
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