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Winter Olympic venue in Sochi exterminating stray dogs: Unknown numbers killed

It is estimated that 2,000 stray dogs may be killed to clear the city of Sochi every night.
It is estimated that 2,000 stray dogs may be killed to clear the city of Sochi every night.
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The owner of a private company hired to kill as many stray dogs in the city of Sochi, just days before the Winter Olympics, would not say who hired him nor would he give the number of dogs either trapped or poisoned thus far, reported Friday's

Alexel Sorokin, owner of the company, calls the stray dogs "biological trash," and blames the irresponsible dog owners who continue to dump their dogs in the city parks and on the streets simply because the dogs are considered unimportant.

Sorokin states the stray dogs are a danger and stated:

“Imagine, if during an Olympic games, a ski jumper landed at 130 kilometres 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."

Last year, amid international public outrage, previous plans to kill stray and abandoned dogs were stopped.

Hunting and killing dogs in Russia are common practices. Animal lovers and humane advocates call them "dog hunters" who commonly bait meat with poisons and leave them in parks.

"This awful practice of dog hunting has been going on for years, yet their sterilization programs and enforcing animal cruelty laws and punishing owners for dumping their dogs is pathetic," stated Barb C., who wouldn't give her full name for fear of retaliation against more dogs and cats in the area. " Last year the government stated they were going to 'cull' a few thousand dogs, and that meant shot, poisoned, beaten with clubs and shovels, kicked and stabbed. The government refused to help build any shelters. Some of these dogs have never been in a home, but some used to be household pets and will come right up to you to be petted and want to follow you home."

Humane advocates are trying to save as many dogs as they can, and are rounding the animals up, getting them sterilized, and then finding adoptive homes for the dogs. Unfortunately that isn't enough.

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