POSTED: March 25th 2014
NewsUpdate

Rescued Sochi dogs find home with Silver Olympian Gus Kenworthy

From the streets of Sochi to New York City Olympian Gus Kenworthy (R) and Robin Macdonald (L) after their appearance on the Today Show at NBC / Humane Society International -  Christopher Lane
From the streets of Sochi to New York City Olympian Gus Kenworthy (R) and Robin Macdonald (L) after their appearance on the Today Show at NBC / Humane Society International - Christopher Lane

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Four dogs were rescued during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Russia and flown back to the USA by slopestyle Olympian Gus Kenworthy and photographer Robin Macdonald. Olympic host city Sochi had issues with a number of stray dogs and when the news broke that they were being culled people jumped in to try to bring them back as rescues to find new homes for them.

Robin noticed the canine family living under a tent in one of the media areas and alerted Gus and they decided to coordinate a rescue. It took Robin over a month to get their transport arranged and he stayed on in Russia to personally follow through and bring them back himself on the plane. 

Their story even got airtime on the Today Show with Matt Lauer after they arrived in New York City. 

Humane Society International Vice President Kitty Block released the following statement regarding this rescue.

“We are excited to bring Jake, Mom, Stryder and Mishka safely to the United State, thanks to the efforts of Winter Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy. The dogs were saved from almost certain doom during the city’s campaign to rid itself of street dogs ahead of the Olympic Games. We know the dogs are now in the safe, loving hands of Gus and wish them a lifetime of happiness in their new home.

“We also know so many more dogs remain in Sochi and throughout Russia who are in need of humane care. One year ago, Humane Society International (HSI) urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Russian government to work with us to humanely address street dog population in Sochi. We received no response but the offer stood then as it does now. We urge the IOC to consider humane values in the future when selecting host cities and countries.

“We remain committed to helping more Sochi dogs find loving homes in the U.S. But to help these dogs in any meaningful way, Russia needs to establish spay/neuter and vaccination programmes. HSI works around the globe to better the lives of street dogs. To learn more, visit http://www.hsi.org/news/news/2014/sochi-dogs-rescue.html?utm_source=PR&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=SDD14.”

Humane Society International is the global affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States and works around the world to humanely and efficiently control street dog populations.



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