Sochi's Plan to Rid Itself of Stray Dogs
Sochi is trying to get rid of its stray dog problem in time for the Olympics, much to the dismay of local animal activists.
Thousands of strays have been living in the area's many construction sites in recent years. More recently, they've been spotted around the now-open Olympic Park.
Last year, Sochi's city government announced a controversial plan "to catch and dispose" of strays dogs around the city. But authorities rethought the plan after complaints from animal activists. Instead, they pledged to build animal shelters for strays. But activists say they've yet to see a shelter even though city hall announced that it does have one, accommodating 100 dogs.
Now, city officials want local pest control firm, Basya Services, to exterminate the strays in advance of the Winter Games. Alexei Sorokin, the director general of the company assigned to kill Sochi's stray dogs wouldn't say how many dogs his company kills a year, telling the AP that it's a "commercial secret."