In an earlier post I wrote about the stray dogs in Moscow who have mastered survival by knowing how to use the transit systems to travel all over Moscow to find food. I get the sense that the people of Moscow who can’t afford to keep dogs as pets continue to maintain strong feelings for the dogs who live among them.
Moscow Metro will soon have a monument to homeless dog who lived and died there. It will be cast in bronze and put up in the hall of the station where he was a familiar sight.
The stray dog called Malchik (Boy) was one of an estimated 100,000 stray dogs in Moscow. He lived in the station for about three years. A friendly dog, he was fed by the employees and the people who ride the subway.
Unfortunately, one day he encountered a fashion model named Yuliana who was walking her Staffordshire terrier. She tried to get her dog to attack Malchik. When Malchik managed to cause the terrier to back down, Yuliana drew out a knife and stabbed Malchik in front of many people passing by. They took the knife away from her but Malchik could not be saved.
The attack outraged the people of Moscow. Yuliana fled the country, but was found and declared insane. She was committed to a mental hospital.
A group of influential people in Moscow wrote to the head of the Moscow Metro suggesting that a monument be erected in memory of the unfortunate dog. Residents of Moscow raised $15,000 for the statue of Malchik to be erected in a subway station, his favorite place in Moscow.
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