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Russian billionaire saves 'condemned' stray dogs in Sochi


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Monday, February 10, 2014, 3:26 -

Organizers of the Sochi Winter Games caused an uproar heard around the world after plans to put down stray dogs in the Olympic Village were made public.

Now, a Russian billionaire has stepped in to save the 150 dogs.

When Oleg Deripaska heard about the plan to eliminate the dogs, he funded a dog shelter near the site of the Winter Games.

"My first dog I found in the street of my village, the tiny village [where I was raised]," Mr. Deripaska told the BBC.

"It was a very close friend for almost five years."

The dogs entering the shelter will be vaccinated and made available for adoption.

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