International media is erupting with cries against Sochi’s inhumane stray dog cull, and many are calling on Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to end the city-wide extermination. And they may just be barking up the right tree -- Putin is known for his love of dogs, and been photographed with pups many times. His beloved black lab, Koni, is often seen at his side -- during staff meetings or even when Putin is greeting world leaders.

Once at a press conference, when answering a question about whether he gets in bad moods on occasion, Putin responded, “"In those situations I try to consult with my dog Koni, who gives me good advice."

In another anecdote, the Prime Minister was asked to submit a photo for his accreditation badge at the World Economic Forum. His administration replied by sending a photo of Putin sitting in an armchair next to a fireplace with Koni lying by his side.

When Putin met the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, Koni was there, too -- coincidentally in Sochi. Merkel is reported to have expressed that she is afraid of dogs. 

Koni has met other dignitaries, as well, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair:

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi:

And President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko:

Koni really took to Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman-cosmonaut in space:

Putin has other dogs, too -- here he is playing with “Buffy” and “Yume” at his residence Novo-Ogariovo, outside Moscow. 

Once at a press conference, when answering a question about whether he gets in bad moods on occasion, Putin responded, “"In those situations I try to consult with my dog Koni, who gives me good advice."

And he’s a friend to dogs whom he doesn’t own, too. Here’s Putin petting a police dog at a border checkpoint in Belarus:

Playing badminton with the Russian President’s dog, Aldu:

And petting a dog at Bush family house at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine, as former U.S. President George H.W. Bush looks on:

Putin gave a big hug to a Hungarian 'Puli' dog owned by Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany:

And with a cute pug in the the village of Verkhniye Mondrogi, while on vacation:

You can go here to find out everything you can do to help Sochi’s stray dogs, and put pressure on Prime Minister Putin to help.