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Cold hearted Cuomo digs Captain the Dog

In happier times.
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Andrew Cuomo, who will quit governor at midnight on Tuesday, is known for having few, if any, human friends. But his dog Captain will certainly remain a beloved companion, even through political scandals and geographical upheavals – right?

Maybe not.

The Albany Times Union reports that Cuomo asked employees if they wanted to take Captain out of their hands. According to the newspaper, the Shepherd, Siberian and Malamute mix is ​​difficult to control and has “caught a few people” since the governor adopted him three years ago. A staff member reportedly tried to adopt the fugitive animal but left the ship when overwhelmed.

Cuomo pulled his belongings out of the governor’s mansion last week and has been living with his sister in Westchester ever since. His future living situation is still unclear.

Previously, Cuomo seemed to be enjoying Captain’s presence in his life. The dog was featured frequently during the governor’s high-profile pandemic briefings last year, appeared on Cuomo’s Instagram cover, and stood loyal as Cuomo tried unsuccessfully to weather the political storm that brought him down.

Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi denied the premise of the Times Union story, telling the newspaper that “Captain is part of the governor’s family and that your nameless, ill-informed source implies they tried to give him away is untrue.” According to Azzopardi, Cuomo just wanted someone to look after the dog while he went on vacation. As one of Cuomo’s final acts as governor on Monday night, he also denied the report abandoning one of his few remaining allies:

Some people just can’t get the facts right. Yes, I have been monitoring the storm reaction for a few days, but Captain and I are a man and his dog. He’s part of our family and always will be. pic.twitter.com/x2KMpBLKwL

– Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 24, 2021

Even so, the New York State Animal Protection Federation promptly released a statement expressing its dismay and proposing that Captain be moved to a humane shelter. And Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa offered to take matters into their own hands:

“I will come and save the captain”, @CurtisSliwa stands in the rain in front of the governor’s mansion in Albany: “It is a mission of grace to save the captain.” pic.twitter.com/mQN4io0rw7

– Gloria Pazmino (@GloriaPazmino) August 23, 2021

Perhaps independently, former Cuomo spokeswoman Melissa DeRosa said on Monday that the soon-to-be ex-governor does not want to run for office again.

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