SOCHI, Russia — Thousands of stray dogs have been living amid the mud and rubble of Olympic construction sites, roaming the streets and snowy mountainsides, and begging for scraps of food.
But as the Games drew near, authorities have turned to a company to catch and kill the animals so they don’t bother Sochi’s new visitors – or even wander into an Olympic event.
Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control firm Basya Services, said his company had a contract to exterminate the animals throughout the Olympics, which open Friday.
Sorokin described his company as being involved in the “catching and disposing” of dogs, although he refused to specify how the dogs would be killed or say where they would take the carcasses.
The dogs have been causing numerous problems, Sorokin said Monday, including “biting children.”
NBC: Is using the Olympics to push interest in technology allowing cable or satellite TV subscribers to see live Winter Olympics competition on mobile phones or tablets.
The network said Monday it will give subscribers a 30-minute “free pass” to Olympics video before they are asked to verify that they are paying customers. On subsequent days, the access will be limited to five minutes before verification.
“It’s a big step forward for the industry,” said Rick Cordella, NBC Sports’ senior vice president for digital distribution. “I think it will engage a lot of people.”
ACTIVIST DETAINED: An activist who has reported on the environmental fallout from construction for the Sochi Olympics was found guilty Monday of swearing in public and ordered jailed for 15 days, his lawyer said.
Yevgeny Vitishko, who is serving a three-year, suspended sentence for spray-painting a fence, had planned on traveling to Sochi to present an environmental report.
HOCKEY: Sweden’s Olympic hockey team has replaced an injured Detroit Red Wings forward with a healthy one.
Gustav Nyquist was given a spot on the roster on Monday to replace Johan Franzen.
The 24-year-old Nyquist has been a key player lately for the Red Wings and that likely helped him earn a spot for the Sochi Games.