Appalling. Apparently, the plan is to "exterminate" thousands of stray dogs ahead of the opening ceremonies. In the past, Russia distributed air rifles to volunteers to shoot stray dogs with a poison that causes asphyxia and agonizing death.
I'd like to thank the Olympic Committee for shedding light on Russia's human rights and animal rights abuses.
Sochi City Hall Orders Killing of Stray Dogs
SOCHI, Russia February 3, 2014 (AP)
By NATALIYA VASILYEVA Associated Press
Thousands of stray dogs have been living amid the mud and rubble of Olympic construction sites, roaming the streets and snowy mountainsides, and begging for scraps of food.
But as the games drew near, authorities have turned to a company to catch and kill the animals so they don't bother Sochi's new visitors — or even wander into an Olympic event.
Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control firm Basya Services, told The Associated Press that his company had a contract to exterminate the animals throughout the Olympics, which open Friday.
Olympic volunteers patted and cooed over strays that trotted into the park Monday. Another dog dropped to the ground, sunbathing under the Olympic Rings near a public site where medals will be presented to athletes during the games.
The most outrageous events took place in the Ulyanovsk region in southwest Russia. One morning local residents discovered dozens of dead dogs lying here and there in the city. The stray dogs were shot to death with air rifles, allegedly distributed to “volunteers” by local authorities. The shots in the rifles were filled with a curare-type poison which causes asphyxia and an agonizing death.
The disgusting behavior of local authorities was followed by brutal killings of Russian stray dogs by sadistic individuals in several cities, including Moscow. The corpses of over 20 Moscow dogs were discovered recently in one of the largest city’s parks. Another slaughter took place northwest of Moscow, where unknown sadists armed with automatic and trauma guns killed over 10 stray dogs. Until now only one of such bastards was brought to court after killing six dogs by shooting them from his vehicle’s window.Read more: http://www.russiandogs.net/...
The regional prosecutor’s office had originally reported that a large number of dead dogs had been discovered on the streets of the village a month ago. The news came after the local authorities had allegedly distributed pellet guns to volunteers willing to “tackle” the problem of homeless animals.They sure look dangerous, huh?
The pellets used in the rifles had been filled with a highly-potent type of poison that is prohibited in most “civilized” countries, according to animal rights activist Konstantin Sabin. The drug causes asphyxia, convulsions and heart failure, resulting in an agonizing death. Its use without anesthesia entails a prison sentence in Europe, Sabin added.
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Taken on April 25, 2009 Moscow, Moskva, RU
Hey, Rover, this ain't gonna work!
For a city with such ostentatious displays of wealth, there sure are a lot of stray dogs. Since this is a still photo, let me assure you this was a busy street with endless fast-moving traffic. i kept walking, not wanting to see what happened.
Taken on August 30, 2006Stray Moscow dogs in the city centre
It was a hot summer's day. There are stray dogs were everywhere in Pushchino, also some in Moscow.