Sochi’s Stray Dog Controversy

Sochi’s Stray Dog Controversy
Article from WBUR:

Stray dogs might be more plentiful than Olympians in Sochi. (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

They’re everywhere and come in all shapes and sizes from fluffy and petite to hairless and somewhat corpulent. They wander in and out of Olympic venues looking for food, a warm snuggle or even a kiss from a stranger.

Problem is, the Kremlin doesn’t think the strays look good for Russia’s image after spending the most ever on an Olympics, $ 50 billion and counting. So before the games, officials in Sochi stepped up efforts to get rid of the canines, with exterminators shooting poison darts at loose dogs.

Sochi 2014 Olympic spokeswoman Alexandra Kosterina denied that was the policy.

My sister sent me a text saying she saw piles of dog and cat bodies.

– Sonia Turpietkina, veterinarian

“We have a special service that catches dogs; it’s a city service,” said Kosternia. “As far as I know the city has got a kennel or shelter, but they also catch them and examine them to see whether they are healthy. The service does exist.”

Sonia Turpietkina is a veterinarian. She doesn’…………………continues on WBUR
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A shy boy, a three-legged dog and a soul-binding friendship
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When 7-year-old Owen Howkins met his new dog, Haatchi, he was a shy boy suffering from a rare syndrome that left his muscles permanently flexed and his mobility limited. When Haatchi met Owen, he was recovering from losing his left rear leg after being hit by a train in north London.

For the boy in the wheelchair and the three-legged Anatolian Shepherd, it was an instant, soul-binding friendship, one that Owen says “changed my life.”

In the video “A Boy and his Dog,” recently released on YouTube, Owen’s stepmother Colleen Drummond explains, “The day that Haatchi met Owen was utterly incredible. It was electric. It was spiritual…they immediately understood they were going to work together as a team.”

Owen has a condition called Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, which his father, Will, explains leaves his muscles in a permanently flexed state. Because they never relax, it affects his balance and Owen uses a walker or wheelchair to get around.

Now, Owen says, he and Hattachi “like going for walks in my electric wheelchair.”

“His confidence has grown and grown this past year,” his father reports.

Owen agrees. “Everything changed in my life with him,” he says, referring to Haatchi, who was rescued by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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