US Olympian Tries to Save Sochi Stray Dogs

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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.

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.

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Jody DeVoyd-Ross

OMG, when my husband and I saw this, it was like "we want one" This is one of the
best stories I have ever read and seeing we are animal lovers as well, it is heartwarming.

February 19 2014 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

good for Kenworthy. I hope USA authorities are able to process and provide necessary vaccines. It is possible that the pups might have to wait in quarantine for a couple of days but if they are healthy they will be released and share the love you are providing to them.

February 18 2014 at 3:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tina Smith

My first thought is Good for them. They have a heart and love animals. Beyond that, What about the animals in shelters in the United States? shelters euthanize around 2.7 million animals per year. Why can't they save some of those animals????

Next, when a soldier bonds with an animal while serving our country over seas they have to leave the pet behind. They are told that the pet needs vaccines and will not be allowed into the US. For heavens sake, these soldiers served our country and sacrificed their lives and yet they are told no. The Olympians did not put their lives on the line and they can bring animals back to this country? What is the difference, MEDIA! I would rather see a soldier be able to have his war buddy stay with him than an Olympian be a media darling and "save" these animals.

February 18 2014 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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