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Hoosier working to rescue stray dog from Sochi

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SOCHI, RUSSIA -

One of the best things that ever happened to the stray dogs in Sochi is the Olympics.

Many visitors are figuring out ways to bring a dog home with them, including a Hoosier who is working at the games.

Just a week ago, slopestyle skier Gus Kenworthy won a silver medal, but before he headed back to the U.S. to cash in on the media hype, he had other business to attend to. We found him outside a security checkpoint on a cold, rainy day after postponing a flight home while trying to rescue two stray puppies.

Hoosier Scott Kirby can relate. The information manager at the Gorki Media Center has a new friend, "Gorki." After feeding the puppy on the street corner for the past month, Scott couldn't resist.

"I collect shot glasses. I don't collect dogs," Kirby said.

Gorki is a celebrity around the Games. The poster pooch for other strays. He's even made an appearance in USA Today.

But Kirby's passionate pup plan has hit a snag. The Russian government says the pup can't leave the country without being quarantined for 30 days, long after Kirby leaves.

"I don't understand the need for Russia to have all of these things in place to put him on a plane and get him out of here. They should be thankful," Kirby said.

The four-month-old pup is just learning to play, but now, Gorki is caught up in Russian red tape. It's a race against the clock, as Kirby has just a few more days to save Gorki from his street life.

"I am hoping that when I head out on Monday, Gorki is with me," Kirby said.

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