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

BY SARAH WOLFE / GlobalPost

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.

Comments

  1. anon says

    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.

  2. jomicur says

    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.

  3. WillowBay says

    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.

  4. Nat says

    “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.”

    Exactly.

    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.

  5. StevyD says

    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.

  6. Keppler says

    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.

  7. Victor says

    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.

  8. BrokebackBob says

    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.

  9. Debbie says

    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.

  10. Deb says

    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

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