Alarmed by reports that the Sochi has contracted the killing of thousands of stray dogs before and during the Olympic Games, activists have been picking up dogs from the streets and putting them up at their homes or in temporary shelters before finding an owner elsewhere.
Stray dogs are a common sight on the streets of Russian cities, but with massive construction in the area the street dog population in Sochi and the Olympic park has soared. Useful as noisy, guard dogs, workers feed them to keep them nearby and protect buildings. The dogs - - friendly rather than feral - soon lose their value and become strays.
The Humane Society International is urging President Putin to use humane methods to combat street dog overpopulation and is calling on the International Olympic Committee to help avoid future culls.
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