Thousands of dogs may be shot, poisoned to make way for Sochi Olympics

Russian authorities may shoot, or poison, thousands of stray dogs to death this week in order to “clean up” Sochi, Russia for next week’s start of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Of course, the Russians don’t call the strays “dogs,” they call them “biological trash.”

ABC’s Kirit Radia talked to Alexei Sorokin, the head of the company charged with getting rid of Sochi’s thousands of stray dogs.  “Let’s call things by their real name,” Sorokin said. “These dogs are biological trash.”

Stray dogs in Siberia, via Shutterstock

Stray dogs in Siberia, via Shutterstock

Sorokin went on to express the rather odd concern that a dog might run into a skier going 80 miles per hour.

“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,” he said.

Sorokin says that Russians traditionally throw their dogs out on the street when they tire of them. “Russia, in general, has irresponsible dog owners who, when they get bored of their home pet experiment, kick them out on the street,” he told ABC.

AP reports that the city of Sochi had promised last year to build new animal shelters rather than have additional dogs put to death.  That never happened.

The more you learn…

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