October 20. 2011
MOSCOW (AP) -- Animal rights activists urged Russia's president Wednesday to reject a plan by Moscow authorities to send 26,000 stray dogs to a facility outside the city that critics say will be cramped, spread disease and mean certain death for many of the canines.
About 50 activists lined up outside the presidential administration building to submit signed petitions to President Dmitry Medvedev denouncing the move.
"We've come here today to ask him to protect Moscow's dogs," said Yelena Nadyozhkina, an activist with Russian group Save the Animals.