The stray dogs of Sochi have captured the attention of the world. Now, the Humane Society lays out a plan to bring them home.
On February 3, 11AliveNews partners at USA TODAY published an Associated Press story about the Sochi city hall ordering the killing of stray dogs. Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control firm Basya Services said his company was involved in "catching and disposing" of dogs. At the time, Sorokin refused to specify whether they shoot or poison the dogs. He also refused to reveal what they did with carcasses.
In 2013, Sochi city hall announced a contract to "catch and dispose" stray dogs. Animal activists protested and authorities pledged to give up the practice and build shelters for the dogs instead.
Stay dogs continue to roam through Sochi, including around the Olympic venues. According to NBC News, a shelter bankrolled by one of Russia's largest private charities just opened this week. PovoDog has taken in 100 dogs as of Thursday, a small fraction of the number roaming the Olympic city.
Andrew Rowan,Humane Society international's CEO, said: "Killing street dogs, whether through poisoning, shooting or other means, is not only inhumane, but ineffective. . .While Russia has the world's attention with the Olympics around the corner, the current dog killing program will only rouse an international outcry and taint the image of the country." On February 4th, Rowan sent a letter to Russian presidentVladimir Putin urging him to implement a mass-sterilization program instead of a culling.
Social media around the world has been closely watching the events unfolding. The hashtag #dogsofsochi has been chronicling the stories of street dogs and the city's response.
On Monday, the Humane Society released specific steps on how to adopt street dogs of Sochi. READ their full release.They walk you through the complicated steps including visits to the CDC website, transporting dogs across international borders, and strict quarantine policies. Transporting a Sochi street dog could cost between $150 and $2,000.
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