One of the most resonate stories from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia this year did not involve the sports or the athletes. The culling of stray dogs in Sochi led to an enormous uproar over the treatment of animals and the callous nature with which these helpless dogs were killed to make the city “more beautiful.” Russian officials poisoned an enormous number of strays in Sochi, a cruel and painful solution to finally clear out the large population of strays located in Sochi.
The story motivated many to step up and try to protect these victims, from Russian citizens setting up new shelters and busing the dogs to safer locations, to athletes and artists bringing recognition to the cause. However, the most famous of these efforts was the adoption of the “Sochi Ten.”
Ten lucky dogs were adopted from the street and became the face of the violence. As we approach the end of the year, we check in with the “Sochi Ten,” and it could not be any more inspiring. As we wind up for the 2016 Olympics, it is important that we remember these animals, who will once again become victims when the games hit Rio De Janeiro in 2016. You can help prevent what happened in Sochi and send a message, not just to future host cities, but to the Olympic committee as well. We need to make sure that the rights of these unfortunate dogs and cats are protected, not shoved aside.
Watch this incredible update with the Sochi Ten!
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