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I am a sports person and the biggest Olympic fan ever. However, this story and many of the other ones surrounding the upcoming Olympics in Sochi make me want to not even watch the games. In addition, I also got Prince and Sapphire Sochi dog shirts to celebrate the games which now seems hypocritical!

Sochi Culling Stray Dogs Ahead of the Olympics - ABC News
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Yeah I am having issues with that too but at the same time is it our athletes fault? Don't they deserve the support. Not sure if I will watch or not.
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Given their homophobic views and also the recent news about 2 captured whales to be displayed at the Games Im not surprised they are exterminating dogs.
Just another reason to boycott anything to do with them...
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Given their homophobic views and also the recent news about 2 captured whales to be displayed at the Games Im not surprised they are exterminating dogs.
Just another reason to boycott anything to do with them...

Case in point, there are many issues! Huly is right the athletes deserve support but I wonder how many viewers will take an advocacy stance and not watch????? I would have rather donated the money I spent on the Sochi dog shirts to help save a dog, even if saving one was accomplished through a donation to a local shelter.
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Sochi Olympics: Russian Billionaire Trying to Save Stray Dogs : People.com

It's not just the journalists who are having a hard time of it in Sochi, Russia.

The country's government has authorized a pest removal company to rid the city of hundreds of stray dogs before Friday's Olympic opening ceremony, believing them to be too dangerous to be left roaming around. To combat the move, which has been met with outrage from animal lovers, Russian billionaire Oleg V. Deripaska has funded a rescue effort in conjunction with his charity organization Volnoe Delo.

“We were told, 'Either you take all the dogs from the Olympic Village or we will shoot them,'" Olga Melnikova, who is coordinating the rescue effort, told The New York Times.

A rescue cart is now making its way around the Olympic Village, bringing the stray animals to a makeshift shelter called PovoDog, a play on the Russian word "povodok" (leash). About 80 animals are being held there currently, with many locals believing them to be abandoned pets or the offspring of abandoned pets. Since their eradication began in October, an estimated 300 dogs have been killed every month from a chemical injection that causes them to suffocate.

Addressing the issue, Mark Adams, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee, told reporters only that "It would be absolutely wrong to say that any healthy dog will be destroyed." In the meantime, shelter workers hope the dogs in their care will find forever homes with the fans attending the Olympic games.
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