According to England's The Independent, the Russian city of Sochi—home of this year's Winter Olympics... and a lot of gay people, even if the mayor doesn't seem to think so—has secretly hired an extermination service to kill the city's stray dogs... just in case they decide to wander in on the games.

Alexei Sorokin, director general of Basya Services, said that his company is involved in what he described as the "catching and disposing" of dogs. Sorokin refused to specify whether they shoot or poison dogs or say where they take the carcasses.

But Sorokin emphasised that the action is necessary to safeguard the sportsmen and women taking part in the games, after he attended a rehearsal of the Olympic opening ceremony last week and saw a stray dog walking in on the performers.

"A dog ran into the Fisht Stadium, we took it away," he said. "God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country."