We normally like to focus on a good rescue story . Today however , in light of the Olympics , we have quite the fitting story .
I'd like to start by saying , who doesn't like watching the Olympics ?
We all watch , we all cheer for our Countries with pride just beaming through our smiles as we watch them bring in the Gold/Silver/Bronze medals , and hey , we even beam with pride when no medals are received , simply because we are proud of our country !
Am I right ?
This year the Olympics are in Sochi, Russia .
It has been a great start to the games for us Canadians , with our 3 lovely ladies as seen below , after their big win . . .
Or our bronze medal winner Mark McMorris for slope style snowboarding ,
attending the Olympics and winning bronze just 2 weeks after fracturing a rib on a separate
There have been many amazing medals won already so far this year , and we are all proud of each and every one of them !
BUT . . .
This story takes an ugly turn .
You see , when animal rights activists , and rescue organizations etc . . . caught wind last April that the government was planning on doing a large sweep of all the stray animals that have been overpopulating Sochi , we took a stand ! We were heard !
AND . . . we thought we were getting through to these people .
Great news was received , when word got out that the government had shut down these plans !
We all thought woohoo! I remember getting emails a while back saying we had won this battle .
HOWEVER . . . .
Apparently this wasn't so .
Photo's started surfacing , of dead dogs laying on the streets of Sochi .
Numerous dead stray dogs .
Evidence was piling up that in fact , the plan was still in FULL motion .
**graphic image warning**
|One of numerous dogs found in Sochi . May he rest in peace|
And how were they able to slip the plan past the activists ?
The plan originally was to be a government performed operation , then after we were satisfied that this was no longer happening , it was simply switched up , and the dirty work of killing these innocent strays was passed on to a non-government agency .
Next question you might be asking is why ? Why do this ? What is the point of this ?
According to the local Sochi officials , the reason is safety. Safety for the tourism due to the Olympics .
It was reported that officials said they feared the tourists/visitors would be bitten by the stray
How are they being killed ? Is the next question i would be asking myself .
Nightly roaming dogs are being captured in baited traps , then poisoned .
Of course the local rescues have been doing whatever they can to get to the stray dogs before they are caught in the traps . Unfortunately they are so few rescues , and just so many strays .
For more info on the subject , click HERE to watch the video with reporter Peter Akmin from CTV News .
Many thanks to the rescues who are doing their best to save as many lives as they possibly can !
To the good people helping these innocent dogs right now we give a big Paws up !
Thanks for reading and feel free to share and help raise awareness to this .
Love 'n' hugz frum our pack to you