US Olympian Tries to Save Sochi Stray Dogsthe daily dish
United States Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy, 22, is saving several Sochi stray dogs from life on the streets. The slopestyle skiing silver medalist has found homes for four puppies and their mother, CBS News reports.
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The Olympic athlete was shocked to find the city of Sochi overrun with dogs.
"I've been around animals all my life," Kenworthy said of the stray dogs roaming through the Olympic Park. "It's hard to watch."
Kenworthy first heard about one litter of homeless puppies when a friend texted him a photo of them with their mother. Since he first visited them, Kenworthy has been back every day to feed and play with them.
"The puppies are adorable ... They are like the cutest things ever," Kenworthy said.
Kenworthy is arranging to bring the dogs home with him. He has already secured kennel transportation, and is trying to get all five dogs vaccinated.
"I'm trying. I'm doing what I can," Kenworthy said.
Although Kenworthy has not ironed out all the details of the dogs' travel, he has already found homes for them. He plans to keep one for himself.
"I've gotten a lot of messages from friends and family that would happily take them, including the mom," Kenworthy said.
Amid controversy over Sochi's stray-dog problem, Kenworthy's tweets about the puppies found widespread attention. But Kenworthy says he's only interested in saving the dogs.
"I've been a dog lover my whole life, and to find just the cutest family of strays ever, here at the Olympics, was just a fairytale to have that go down," Kenworthy said.