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Stray dogs are on the loose in the city of Sochi and inside the Olympic park. The dogs are everywhere and it could be a big problem during the games that start this Friday. (Feb. 3)

SHOTLIST:

AP TELEVISION - AP Clients Only

Sochi, Russia - February 2nd, 2014

1. Medium shot of dog walking into the Sochi Olympic park

AP TELEVISION - AP Clients Only

Sochi, Russia - February 3rd, 2014

2. Close of two policeman walking with large guns inside the Olympic park

3. Wide of Olympic volunteers petting a stray dog in front of the Olympic rings

4. (SOUNDBITES) (English) No names given, Olympic volunteers: (see transcript)

5. Close of a stray dog being petted by volunteers

6. STANDUP (English) Mark Carlson, Associated Press: (see transcript)

7. Close of a stray dog sniffing the camera lens

8. Medium of a stray dog running through the Olympic park

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Nadine Kincaid, Olympic volunteer from Portland, Oregon: (see transcript)

AP Television - AP Clients Only

Sochi, Russia - February 2nd, 2014

10. Mid of two stray dogs running around the Olympic park

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Sochi, Russia - February 3rd, 2014

11. Animal activist, Dina Filippova trying to give away free puppies

12. Close of puppies licking the fingers of children

13. SOUNDBITE (Russian with English voiceover translation) Dina Filippova, Sochi animal activist: (see transcript)

14. A stray dog laying on the ground sunbathing in the Olympic park

15. Wide of a stray dog walking away along the fence labeled SOCHI 2014

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

DOGS ARE EVERYWHERE AT THE OLYMPICS.

BUT THEY ARE NOT WORKING WITH SECURITY.

(Nat sound break of volunteers petting a dog)

THIS DOG QUICKLY MADE FRIENDS WITH SOME OLYMPIC VOLUNTEERS.

(SOUNDBITES) (English) No names given, Olympic volunteers"

"We love dogs.""He is so cute. Very cute.""And he could bite us. Don't bite me.""He is very big."

HE'S ACTUALLY A STRAY.

(STANDUP/MARK CARLSON)

STRAY DOGS ARE COMMON IN SOCHI.

BUT AUTHORITIES ARE MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO GET RID OF THEM BEFORE A DOG BITES SOMEONE OR WALKS INTO AN OLYMPIC VENUE DURING COMPETITION.

GETTING RID OF THE DOGS MEANS KILLING THEM.

IT'S A BIG TASK, BECAUSE THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF STRAYS RUNNING THE STREETS OF SOCHI.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nadine Kincaid, Olympic volunteer from Portland, Oregon:

"Well as an animal lover for that is sad. If they are like stray cats they can keep breeding and cause more problems. I can see maybe why (they are killed). It's sad but what do you do if you can't control them."

THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT HIRED AN ANIMAL EXTERMINATION COMPANY TO CAPTURE AND KILL THE STRAY DOGS.

SOCHI ANIMAL ACTIVIST, DINA FILIPPOVA SAYS 300 DOGS A MONTH ARE KILLED... MOSTLY WITH POISON.

(SOUNDBITE) (english) Dina Filippova, Sochi animal activist:

"No, definitely it is not humane. There is a humane way of solving the problem of stray dogs which is used in Europe and the United States and even the countries of the former Soviet Union. That is a mass sterilisation which eventually leads to no stray dogs on the streets."

THE COMPANY IN CHARGE OF KILLING THE STRAYS HAS BEEN ASKED TO INCREASE ITS WORK DURING THE OLYMPICS.

MARK CARLSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS, SOCHI.

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