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Olympics-Uproar over stray dogs mars Games preparations

General February 4, 2014

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 4 (Reuters) – An outcry over the fate of stray animals being rounded up in Sochi is the latest problem to dog Russia’s preparations for the Winter Olympics. Already scrambling to get hotels ready on time, make the Games safe and convince the world Russians are not homophobic, the host nation is now trying to shake off accusations that it is killing stray dogs. It is hardly the showcase for modern Russia that President Vladimir Putin had hoped for at the Olympics. Residents say thousands of dogs have disappeared from the streets of Sochi since a local business won a contract to catch stray animals before the Games, which open on Friday.

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