Post # 1
As some of you may have heard, Sochi city officials have hired a company to mass-exterminate stray dogs from the city’s street.“Let’s call things by their real name,” the owner of the company said, “biological trash.”
19 Dogs Standing Up To Sochis Deplorable Treatment Of Stray Dogs
And we added our contribution:
I know there are lots of people here who have rescues, post pictures of your ‘biological trash.’
**Mandatory Disclaimer: This is not in any way to say that rescues are better or worse than breeder purchased dogs. My other dog is purchased from a responsible breeder, it’s just a post that happens to be about rescues.
Post # 3
SERIOUSLY? WHY are we still holding the Olympics there?! First their disregard for human rights, and now they want to exterminate animals as well?! Ugh…I just…*slams head into keyboard*
Post # 4
I understand why people are upset about this. I don’t agree with the alleged poisoning that is going on or any other inhumane treatment.
But have you ever been in a city overrun with strays? My neighborhood is FILLED with stray cats. And as much as I LOVE cats (and dogs- all animals for that matter), I wish someone would “take them all away”.
They shit in our yard (fenced in), in my vegetable garden, in my flower beds. Our dog eats their shit, which he has gotten worms from. And they leave dead birds and mice in our yard, which our dog also eats and/or rolls in. They have kittens every single year and the neighbor won’t stop feeding them. And they’re feral!
I’ve also experienced stray dogs living around my parents house. One of them came into our yard, grabbed our cat, and started to run off with it. This dog was thin and starving. Luckily, our family dog stopped it before he could eat the cat. But our kitty did have a broken leg due to the dog.
You have to think about the quality of life these dogs are living as strays? It can’t be that great. If people want to adopt these dogs, fine. If not, then I don’t blame the city of Sochi for euthanizing the dogs. I know what it’s like to have a bunch of stray animals running around the neighborhood and how much damage they can do.
Post # 5
@beeintraining: holy crap I want to go on a murder spree soooooo bad right now…
*breathe, remember to breathe*
I am so ridiculously mad right now.
Post # 6
Adding yet another reason I refuse to support the Olympics this year.
Post # 7
i absolutely looooove dogs, but having cities overrun with strays is a health problem for citizens and the animals themselves. However, they should be treated and euthanized humanely.
Sochi just seems plain awful though. I don’t know why the Olympics are being held there and I hope all the athletes and spectators are safe.
Post # 8
Here we have trap and release program where stray animals are spayed or neutered and than either placed for adoption or released back into the wild. That way they can’t reproduce at least but don’t have to be killed. So sad to see innocent animals killed 🙁
Post # 9
When I visited Athens, I definitely felt uncomfortable with all of the stray dogs wandering around. And I love dogs! I couldn’t imagine being there and being terrified of (or really allergic to) dogs.
That said, the way they’re doing this is awful. There are humane and respectable ways to put down animals; this is not one of those ways.
Post # 10
As much as it saddens me to know that they’re killing all those dogs, there is a problem. A lot of those stray dogs are completely ferral and attack people. I believe in Romania they have a huge issue with this and people are attacked in the streets…pretty sure there was a recent story about a child being killed by a stray dog sometime last year. However, there isn’t really a good way to fix the problem.
I’m more amazed at the living conditions for people attending the Olympics. Billions of dollars spent and the toilets don’t “accept” toilet paper, the water is disgusting and people were advised not to put it on their face, and so many more issues. I’m not even sure why the Olympics are being held in Sochi…it doesn’t even freaking snow there, they have a sub-tropical climate! It’s the winter Olympics people!!
Post # 11
I think there is a lot of effort by the US media to paint Russia in a bad light, for political reasons. Let’s see if they do the same for Brazil, for example (not a close ally but less of a political “frenemy” than Russia, and guaranteed to undergo many more human and animal rights violations to make Rio host the World Cup.)
I love dogs, I’m just not going to blindly participate in political propaganda.
Post # 12
@IzzyBear: I agree with all those but the tp part. Many parts of the world don’t have the plumbing for TP. Though the mud colored water was extra gross.
Post # 13
Although I agree that over-populated anything can be an issue in many areas, and thus hunting/trapping/catch and release/catch and euthanize programs are put into place for a reason.
In this instance, I have to believe that this has always been an issue, but because they are the center stage for a world event, they are now just taking care of it – via what I inconsider inhumane practices.
It is not abnormal for people’s ‘pets’ in other countries to roam the ‘streets’ – from what I understand. With that said, and/or regardless of that point, to do it now to make yourself ‘look better’ is sucky, in my opinion.
Post # 14
@chasesgirl: I didn’t know about the TP thing…as far as a lot of countries not being able to use it. I guess that’s crazy to me because there is special TP for boats and stuff that pretty much dissolves since boat bathrooms can’t handle TP. You’d think that would be OK for all systems. But ya learn something everyday!