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Activists Work to Put Sochi’s Stray Dogs into New Shelter

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Activists in Sochi, Russia, the host city for this year’s Winter Olympics, are rushing to save the city’s 2,000 stray dogs from a pest control company that Sochi officials contracted to kill them.

Officials wanted strays off the streets so the city would look more civilized before the Olympics came to town, and though they made a promise last year to build a shelter for the dogs, that never happened. The hunt for Sochi’s strays sparked outrage among Russian animal rights activists, and many of them —including a Russian billionaire— are trying to save the dogs by taking them off the road and giving them temporary homes until activists can find something more permanent. Read more…

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