Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy and his friend Robin Macdonald appeared on the "Today" show in New York on Friday morning with Sochi stray dogs, Mama, and two of her puppies named Jake and Mishka, reported USA Today.
A fourth stray was also able to be rescued, but sadly two of the original puppies Kenworthy rescued died while being temporarily sheltered by government agents.
Kenworthy, a phenomenal free skier, fell in love with the dogs and their tragic plight, and vowed to bring them home. Macdonald stayed in Sochi to attend to the dogs' paperwork and subsequent transportation. Although the men thought the red tape would only take a few days, Macdonald stayed for nearly a month before the dogs could leave.
All of the dogs will be heading to Colorado, where Kenworthy will adopt one, Macdonald will adopt another, and the remaining two dogs will be adopted by members of Kenworthy's family.
Macdonald described the 11-hour flight from Sochi to New York traveling with one of the puppies on his lap. He stated:
'He was barking, peeing, growling, stealing people's purses, shoes. It was not easy."
Many thanks to Kenworthy for bringing more awareness to the stray dogs of Sochi. At this time, the Humane Society International is working to establish more shelters and to make the adoption process easier for people who want to get the dogs out of the country.
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