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Sochi Stray Dog Barks, Disrupts Olympian On Cross-Country Ski Track

02/07/2014 10:06 EST

It may be the most dangerous protest in Russia.

But this stalwart stray carries it off with remarkable poise, as he bounds up to a cross-country skier in Sochi during a training run.

Earmarked for execution during these Winter Games, the encounter serves as a stark reminder of the spectacle's cost in canines.

The stray doesn't come off as all that intimidating (Note the tail-wagging) and seems to be all-too willing to call the whole thing off if someone would only toss a ball.

Still, the image of a stray dog crossing an Olympian's path may come off as downright Tiananmen-esque in the days ahead.

Officials in Sochi have hired a company to ensure we don't see any similar outbursts from the city's homeless community -- a job that Alexei Sorokin, owner of Basra Services, seems to have embraced.

“Let’s call things by their real name,” he told ABC News. “These dogs are biological trash.”

Left unchecked, Sorokin warned these strays could assail spectators at the Games, spreading rabies, or even distract skiers at the moment of a pivotal jump.

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