Sochi Winter Olympics to spell death for thousands of dogs

THE glamour of the Sochi Winter Olympics has been tarnished by reports that thousands of street dogs are being killed in the lead-up to the games. 

According to MSN news, thousands of the animals have been living among the mud and rubble of the Olympic construction sites, getting pats from workers and begging for scraps of food. 

But as the games drew near, authorities have turned to a company to catch and kill the animals, described as "biological trash", 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.

Sorokin described his company as being involved in the "catching and disposing" of dogs, although he refused to specify how the dogs would be killed or say where they would take the carcasses.

Animals Australia has launched a petition against the killings, saying Sochi City Hall had originally promised to house the dogs in a shelter after a similar cull plan received heavy criticism. 

"Cold, hungry, vulnerable. Homeless dogs in Sochi face being killed with poison or traps, just to 'clean up' the city before the Winter Olympics," the petition page says. 

Topics:  dogs sochi sochi winter olympics winter olympics

'You're the boss, mate': Man won't stop interrupting magistrate

Gladstone Court House, Yarroon Street.

Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

Selwyn Noel Eather, 53, said he had 'unknowingly' ingested drugs.

Safe Haven's chance to set up a natural refuge

TINDER DRY: Ms Janssen said because of the very dry conditions on the South Australian property they found no evidence of wombats breeding and "no babies”.

Instead of being killed, wombats may be re-homed in South Australia.

Permanent stage to be built at Tannum Stands

LISTEN UP: There is always great music at BAM.

The facility will be donated to council by BTABC and Boyne Smelters.

Local Partners