Sochi Hires Private Company To Murder Stray Dogs Ahead Of Olympics

Remember when Olympic officials said they weren't going to murder stray animals in Sochi? Well, turns out they are definitely murdering stray dogs now.

The city has a contract with a "pest control firm" in the area for the express purpose of exterminating stray dogs throughout the Olympics, which begin this Friday. Alexei Sorokin, the company's director general, said they'd be "catching and disposing" of the dogs, but would not elaborate on the part between the catching and the disposing. (The murdering). He only discussed how problematic the dogs had become.

The dogs have been causing numerous problems, Sorokin said Monday, including "biting children."

He said he was stunned last week when he attended a rehearsal for the opening ceremony and saw a stray dog walking in on the performers.

"A dog ran into the Fisht Stadium, we took it away," he said. "God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country."

It sounds like there are a lot of dogs running wild over there and it sounds (unsurprisingly) like it's mostly the fault of humans. These dogs are not sterilized and regularly abandoned, so they breed like crazy. Instead of teaching people to not abandon non-sterilized dogs all over the place, Sochi is just going to kill all the dogs until they're gone.


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Sochi City Hall Orders Killing of Stray DogsSochi City Hall Orders Killing of Stray Dogs [AP]