‘Sochi’s Euthanized Dogs To Be Returned To Streets After Olympics’ is Just Satire; Draws Ire

February 21, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

An article from satire news publisher The Onion titled, “Sochi’s Euthanized Dogs To Be Returned To Streets After Olympics,” isn’t real.

“As the games wind down, officials are already starting to return the dead strays to the streets they once called home,” the satire reads.

It also includes a video with a fake news anchor saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin “took credit for the effort.”

The Onion has a disclaimer that says it publishes made-up stories.

“The Onion is a satirical weekly publication,” reads a disclaimer on its website, adding: “The Onion uses invented names in all its stories, except in cases where public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.”

On Facebook, the Onion on Friday shared the article with an accompanying image of workers returning dead dogs to the streets.

Some people on the page thought it was real.

“Wtf!? This world is [expletive] up. [Expletive] Sochi!” one Facebook user wrote on the page. Added another, “Disgusting!!!!!! Is there no – one there to pick up these deceased dogs and at least bury them???”

Questioned another, “Y would they put dead dogs on the streets?”

“That’s just sick!” another wrote.

There was also plenty of people who weren’t amused with the satire.

“Not funny at all,” wrote one.

“Dislike. NOT funny,” one said. “No, Onion. No,” said another.

Others called on the unhappy commenters to lighten up.

“Why do people keep subscribing to a page that’s clearly too edgy for them? If you don’t get the humor then just stop following the page period end of story. Don’t whine in the comments about it and wait for the other 4 people who don’t get it to ‘like’ your sob fest,” wrote one.