By TIM REYNOLDS (AP Sports Writer)
Amanda Bird's quest to adopt a stray dog who was among those rounded up during the Sochi Olympics continues to be a challenge.
Bird, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, drew worldwide attention during the Olympics by deciding to rescue and adopt a dog she named Sochi. Many people Bird had never met, even actress Katherine Heigl and her family's foundation for rescue animals, began providing assistance after hearing her story, which took another turn Saturday when the dog was diagnosed with distemper.
''I'm still not giving up on Sochi,'' Bird said Saturday.
It may be several more weeks, at minimum, before Sochi - who has been getting treated in Los Angeles - can be brought to Bird's Nashville-area home. The dog is already overcoming parvo, a sometimes-fatal gastrointestinal virus, and the additional diagnosis of distemper further complicates matters.
Sochi was among hundreds of dogs who were brought to makeshift shelters before and during the Olympics. Animal activists said they were alarmed by reports that the city contracted the killing of thousands of strays, and several Olympic athletes and officials, including Bird, said they wanted to try to bring a dog home.
Bird was one of the few who succeeded in actually getting a dog out of Russia during the Olympics. Still, her plans to make him a true pet remain challenging. ...more