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U.S. Bobsled Official Gets Approval to Adopt Sochi Stray Dog

Amanda Bird, a spokeswoman for the American bobsled and skeleton team at the Sochi Winter Games, will be bringing home a stray puppy from a dog shelter in the Russian city after the adoption was approved.

Bird, who was a competitive bobsled and skeleton athlete for more than 10 years, visited a shelter earlier this week and will bring a home a pup, she said by text message today. She plans to name the dog “Sochi” after the Black Sea resort town hosting Russia’s first Winter Olympics.

During the opening days of the winter games, organizers drew criticism from athletes and visitors for the city’s cull of stray dogs. Olympic silver-medalist Gus Kenworthy said he was planning to adopt a family of stray dogs that have been living outside media center at the Games’ Mountain Cluster.

Volnoe Delo, a charity foundation set up by Deripaska, chief executive officer and a shareholder of United Co. Rusal, opened Sochi’s first dog shelter, called PovoDog, a play on the Russian word for “leash,” to help care for thousands of homeless animals in the streets.

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