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Sochi Killing as Many Stray Dogs as Possible Ahead of Winter Olympics


SochiThe city of Sochi has hired a company to kill off as many stray dogs as possible before the start of the Winter Olympics later this week, ABC News reported.

City officials backed off on a similar plan last year after outcry from animal rights groups.

Alexei Sorokin, the owner of Basia Services, told ABC News by phone he didn't know how many strays his company had killed and would not say when it was hired by Sochi.

According to Sorokin, stray dogs pose a threat to the Games.

“Imagine, if during an Olympic games, a ski jumper landed at 130 kilometers an hour (over 80 mph) and a dog runs into him when he lands. It would be deadly for both a jumper and for the stray dog,” he told ABC.

"Let’s call these things by their real name," Sorokin added. "These dogs are biological trash."

Previous reports claimed more than 2,000 stray cats and dogs were planned for culling through 2015.

Sochi representative Sergei Krivonosov had argued that putting the animals in shelters would be too time-consuming.

The mayor’s office did not respond to calls by ABC News seeking comment.

Stray dogs are not just a problem in Sochi. They also roam the streets of Moscow and countless other Russian cities, a product of decades of being abandoned after their owners could no longer afford to care for them.

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  1. For some odd reason, this headline makes me think of Peter Greenaway's The Cook The Thief His Wife and Her Lover. Putin is definitely the Thief.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Feb 3, 2014 10:55:49 AM

  2. Why are there thousands of stray dogs and cats in Sochi?

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 3, 2014 10:55:57 AM

  3. The "biological trash" in question are not the stray dogs, but the Russian authorities who seem to lack basic humanity.

    Posted by: Jay | Feb 3, 2014 10:59:04 AM

  4. It would be typical of Russians to do this. They respect nothing of life so great is their cruelty, depravity and lack of any morals.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 3, 2014 11:02:23 AM

  5. Uhm... They do this for every Olympics as part of the local sprucing up campaign. The London Olympics involved slum clearing and kicking out homeless people as well as the culling of stray animals. They also repave streets, buy new train cars, repaint houses and building, etc.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 3, 2014 11:04:32 AM

  6. Hey, let's slaughter thousands of animals now to prevent one or two of them being killed during the games and embarrassing us! Russian logic at its finest.

    Posted by: jomicur | Feb 3, 2014 11:09:58 AM

  7. Him calling a living being "biological trash" says a lot about his general empathy level.

    Posted by: Chris K | Feb 3, 2014 11:14:32 AM

  8. These games, and Sochi/Russia/Putin has such a stench of pure evil & immorality. It truly looks even worse than when Germany hosted in 1936. So much death, hate, & torture surround it all, it's frightening & sickening.

    Posted by: WillowBay | Feb 3, 2014 11:26:19 AM

  9. Um, if access to the sporting venues is so unrestricted that stray dogs can run across the courses what does that say about the security of the athletes?

    Posted by: e.c. | Feb 3, 2014 11:35:44 AM

  10. Another reason to hate Russia.

    Posted by: TBChicago | Feb 3, 2014 11:46:58 AM

  11. Why am I envisioning Kyle and his gay dog from "Southpark"?

    Posted by: Rad | Feb 3, 2014 11:49:37 AM

  12. Wow, so not only do they NOT respect human rights in Russia, they don't respect animal rights either! Despicable.

    Posted by: Tom | Feb 3, 2014 12:25:59 PM

  13. "Uhm... They do this for every Olympics as part of the local sprucing up campaign. The London Olympics involved slum clearing and kicking out homeless people as well as the culling of stray animals. They also repave streets, buy new train cars, repaint houses and building, etc."


    As much as I detest the Russian government and the Russian society that supports it, it is bizarre to single this out. Annual culls of stray dogs and cats occur in thousands of cities across the world. People in India are routinely attacked by rabid stray dogs because of religious taboos against widespread culls.

    Posted by: Nat | Feb 3, 2014 12:33:37 PM

  14. Before we condemn Russia for killing stray animals...The Humane Society of the U S, reports that 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs—about one every 11 seconds—are put down in U.S. shelters each year.

    Posted by: StevyD | Feb 3, 2014 1:18:10 PM

  15. How surprising that in Russia something would be hunted down and they would attempt to eliminate it.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Feb 3, 2014 2:19:13 PM

  16. In related news, the mayor of Sochi said that there are no gay dogs in his city.

    Posted by: David | Feb 3, 2014 3:39:07 PM

  17. Russia is a nation of thugs and thuggery, so we shouldn't be surprised to find them dealing with their "biological trash" expeditiously. God knows they've been dealing with their gay citizens in much the same way for some time. Nice that ABC has noticed their expedience - at least in the case of the dogs.

    Posted by: Keppler | Feb 3, 2014 6:03:07 PM

  18. Andrew,

    The reason there are so many strays is not just because people throw their dogs out. There are generations of strays in all of the former USSR. Can't say if it started earlier, but I definitely remember the 80s, going to school and seeing strays on the streets. Do you think someone catches them, neuters, and releases them back on the streets? The vast majority of them are not pedigreed dogs thrown out. The vast majority of them are dogs without any pedigree.

    I know that before 80s, they would be caught and turned into lowest grade of soap (for washing clothes - as opposed to washing hands or body). But in the 80s, the gov't cut down on many public services and stopped catching strays and turning them into soap.

    Posted by: Victor | Feb 3, 2014 6:45:42 PM

  19. Russia's complete lack of any normal emotional response to the killing of people or their animals does not surprise me. This type of affect is seen in virtually all sociopaths.

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Feb 3, 2014 9:56:53 PM

  20. Oh stay classy Russians.. calling dogs "biological trash". ugh. that does NOT translate well.

    Posted by: NE1 | Feb 4, 2014 6:43:08 AM

  21. Are you kidding me, "Biological Trash" because they are abandoned...These dogs (and cats)are in this position because their owners were irresponsible, if you can't afford your pet, find a home for it. Take it to a shelter, a responsible owner doesn't abandon their pet. So in closing Mr.Sorokin, you might want to look in the mirror, because that may be were you find the Biological trash you are talking about.

    Posted by: Debbie | Feb 4, 2014 8:46:31 AM

  22. As if Russia couldn't get any worse. What a God forsaken place.

    Posted by: g.strathmore | Feb 4, 2014 10:39:09 AM

  23. I find it so shocking . I read that they will poison the cats & dogs. A really horrific death. I will not watch the Olympics now I hope that their will be more news coverage

    Posted by: Deb | Feb 4, 2014 1:30:49 PM

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