Stray dogs being killed to clean up Sochi for Olympics

Volunteers sit near two stray dogs outside the Gorki media centre where they will coordinate the...

Volunteers sit near two stray dogs outside the Gorki media centre where they will coordinate the media shuttles buses in Krasnaya Polyana, near Sochi, January 30, 2014. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:45 PM ET

The first day I arrived in Sochi, I was immediately struck by the number of stray dogs hanging around the media complex.

Sadly, today I can report there are very few.

Though you are still likely to encounter some of the stray animals almost everywhere you go in Sochi or in the mountain village of Krasnaya Polyana, the numbers are quickly dwindling as a pest control company has been hired to exterminate them.

The situation is very disturbing, with reports that the hungry dogs are being poisoned.

Sochi, like most places in Russia, is home to thousands of stray dogs and with the Olympic Winter Games just days away, the local authorities thought it best to order a cull.


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