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Animal advocates are coming to the rescue of stray dogs near the Olympic venues in Sochi, scooping up the dogs before they can be euthanized by pest-control contractors. (Feb. 11)

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Sochi / Tuapse, Russia - February 10/11 2014

1. Various of volunteers gathering up dogs

2. Mid of Igor Airapetian, retired businessman and dog-lover, talking about what's happening in Sochi setting a bad precedent.

3. Various of dogs and volunteers

4. SOUNDBITE (English translation) Alexei (no surname given), Sochi resident/volunteer: (transcript below)

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Sochi, Russia - February 3, 2014

5. File - various daytime shots of dogs in Sochi near Olympic venues

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Sochi, Russia - February 10, 2014

6. Various nighttime shots of dogs and volunteers

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

UNDER THE COVER OF DARKNESS...

ANIMAL-LOVING VOLUNTEERS ARE ROAMING THE STREETS OF SOCHI, IN SEARCH OF STRAY DOGS...

PART OF AN EFFORT TO KEEP THEM ALIVE.

(Russian nats)

THIS RETIRED BUSINESSMAN AND DOG LOVER SAYS HE DOESN'T WANT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN SOCHI TO BE REPEATED ELSEWHERE.

THE VOLUNTEERS WERE GALVANIZED BY REPORTS THAT A PEST-CONTROL COMPANY WAS HIRED TO ROUND UP - AND KILL - THOUSANDS OF STRAY DOGS BEFORE AND DURING THE OLYMPICS.

SO THEY'RE SCOOPING UP THE STRAYS AND DRIVING THEM TO A RENDEZVOUS POINT OVER TWO HOURS AWAY. THEN, IT'S ON TO MOSCOW AND THE PROSPECT OF A LOVING HOME.

SOUNDBITE (Russian) Alexei (no surname given), Sochi resident:

"I just feel pity for homeless dogs. I love dogs. And dogs like me, as you can see. Hey, dog, am I right? Good dog!"

DOGS ARE A COMMON SIGHT ON THE STREETS OF RUSSIAN CITIES, BUT THE STRAY POPULATION SOARED IN SOCHI DURING THE OLYMPIC CONSTRUCTION.

ABOUT A DOZEN VOLUNTEERS HAVE JOINED THE SOMEWHAT COVERT OPERATION TO RESCUE AS MANY STRAYS AS POSSIBLE.

HANNAH BUCHDAHL, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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