US Slopestyle Skier Aims to Rescue Stray Dogs in Sochi

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U.S. slopestyle skier Gus Kenworthy isn’t just taking a silver medal home from Sochi; he likewise hopes to bring back some cute new friends.

On Tuesday, Kenworthy, 22, tweeted 2 photos of himself holding puppies he said were some of the numerous strays that have been seen walking around in packs around Sochi during the Games. He followed up with a tweet on Wednesday writing that he is looking into kennels and vaccinations for the dogs to be able to take them home.

On his Facebook page Kenworthy wrote: “Spent all afternoon playing with a gang of stray puppies here in Sochi! Looking into finding a way to bring them home with me but also don’t want to take them away from their mama because she was being super cute and protective over them. I bought them some food and I’ll go visit them again tomorrow.”

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While Kenworthy is doing his small part to help the strays, Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska has created a dog shelter to help save the dogs from potential death. The abrupt disappearance of numerous dogs from the streets a week ago as the Games got underway had animal activists worried that they were being rounded up and exterminated, according to NBC News.

“We were told, ‘Either you take all the dogs from the Olympic Village or we will shoot them,’ ” Olga Melnikova, who is coordinating the rescue effort on behalf of Deripaska’s charity, told The New York Times on Feb. 5.


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