American skier Gus Kenworthy isn't just bringing home a silver medal from Sochi — he's also bringing home four stray puppies and their mother. At least he will once he catches a flight back to the U.S.

The 22-year-old who lives in Telluride, Colo., was supposed to fly home Monday, but completing the necessary paperwork to fly five dogs across the world is taking some time.

A lot of fuss has been made over the stray dogs that are hanging out near the Olympic venues. City officials even went so far as to order that the dogs be rounded up and euthanized, a decision that has been met with much ire from the animal rights community.  

Kenworthy apparently learned about the strays after reading a New York Times tweet about them: 

To which Kenworthy responded:
A few days later, Kenworthy took it upon himself to see these Sochi strays for himself:
And then this happened:
And finally, Kenworthy assured his fans that he wasn't planning to leave those pups behind.

Kenworthy's Freestyle Slopestyle event will be aired starting tonight. I know that he will have a lot of fans — and a lot of pups — cheering him on.

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