While Russian Animal Control Kills Sochi Strays, U.S. Skier Is Taking Dogs Home

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Amid endless photographs of stray dogs roaming around the Olympic Village at Sochi, animal control authorities were ordered by the Russian government to kill the canines. U.S. freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy says he’d rather give the dogs loving homes in America.

The silver-medal winning slopestyler picked up four puppies and their mother in Rosa Khutor. He says he’s making arrangements to have them sent back to America.

He told CBS News that there are hundreds of strays roaming Sochi.

“I've been around animals all my life," said Kenworthy, who is from Telluride, Colo. "It's hard to watch."

Kennels and vaccinations have already been arranged. He says he has several family members back home who want to adopt.

"I'll keep one for myself," he added.

Dog lovers were outraged last week when they learned the Russian government planned to contract a pest control company to poison the strays.

Alexei Sorokin, the managing director of the firm picking up the strays, says some of the strays have bitten people. He insists they will be poisoned humanely.

Oh my glob, look who I just found! :) #sochistrays

— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 11, 2014

puppy love is real to puppies.

— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 11, 2014

Sources: CBS News, US Weekly