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Winter Games: Sochi city hall orders killing of stray dogs

wintergames.ap.org Published: February 3, 2014
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photo - A stray dog walks past the Olympic Rings in Olympic Park, three days before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. A pest control company which has been killing stray dogs in Sochi for years told The Associated Press on Monday that it has a contract to exterminate more of the animals throughout the Olympics. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
A stray dog walks past the Olympic Rings in Olympic Park, three days before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. A pest control company which has been killing stray dogs in Sochi for years told The Associated Press on Monday that it has a contract to exterminate more of the animals throughout the Olympics. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A pest control company which has been killing stray dogs in Sochi for years told The Associated Press on Monday that it has a contract to exterminate more of the animals throughout the Olympics.


Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control firm Basya Services, said his company is involved in what he described as the "catching and disposing" of dogs.

Thousands of stray dogs are roaming the streets of Sochi, Sorokin said, and some of them are "biting children."

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