Sochi Dogs Headed to Central Florida

Sochi dogs can call Florida new home.

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    Two dogs who once lived as strays in Sochi, Russia can now call Florida their new home.

    Austen and Honey arrived in Central Florida on Tuesday with the help of Daytona Beach's Animal Rescue Need & Intervention Foundation and Russia's LAPA organization.

    Thanks to some generous donors, the pups were able to make a 20-hour drive to Moscow and then a 6,000-mile flight to Florida. Now it’s just a matter of finding them a forever home.

    Austen and Honey are the first of 18 Sochi dogs that will be coming to Florida. The remaining dogs are stuck in Moscow for the time-being due to a pilot strike.

    The dogs first garnered media attention before the 2014 Winter Olympics, when Russian authorities said the strays roaming the city were causing problems for the opening ceremonies and all the visitors, so they hired a pest control company to catch the dogs and euthanize them.

    Olympians like Gus Kenworthy, Lindsey Jacobellis and Amanda Bird made headlines by saving some of the Sochi strays.