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Shelters built for stray dogs in Sochi

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 - 01:15

Feb.10 - After outcry over fate of stray dogs rounded up in Sochi, plans are underway to humanely deal with strays. Jennifer Davis reports.

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Following an outcry over the fate of stray dogs in Sochi, local authorities have built makeshift shelters to try and combat the problem. (SOUNDBITE) OLGA SADOVSKAY, ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, SAYING: "I think it is good, that this subject is being discussed again and that the mayor decided to solve it. The shelters are an attempt to counter accusations from animal activists that stray dogs are being killed to produce a spotless image of Olympic venues. (SOUNDBITE) SONIA TURPIETKINA, VETERINARIAN AND DOG SHELTER VOLUNTEER SAYING: "The poisoning is going on... yes. I keep seeing poisoned bait. This is repulsive, they are dying in horrible pain." "You don't see what's going on here? My sister wrote to me that she saw piles of dog bodies." This new shelter houses about forty dogs, a tiny percentage of the thousands of animals around the city. But there are plans to expand it and move to a different location. (SOUNDBITE) OLGA SADOVSKAY, ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, SAYING: "This problem was not solved before. Nobody knew how to solve it, so they decided to do it in a very simple, old-fashioned way, by killing - not catching, but killing, please emphasize this word." The outcry over the dogs, along with security concerns and criticism of Vladimir Putin's record on democracy and human rights may undermine attempts to use the Olympics to improve Russia's world-wide image.

Shelters built for stray dogs in Sochi

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 - 01:15

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