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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been without his dog, Captain, since moving out of the governor’s mansion last week. 

Monday is Cuomo’s last day in office as he recently resigned due to accusations of sexual harassment from eleven different women whose accounts were corroborated. 

As of right now, Andrew Cuomo has been staying with his sister after leaving the governor’s mansion. Captain is currently roaming around the governor’s mansion. Apparently, the local staff and residents were asked if anyone could keep his dog and a member of staff tried to take Captain home but admitted that he was too much to handle.

The New York State Animal Protective Foundation has said that they would find Captain a place in its network of animal shelters.

Cuomo’s spokesperson, Rich Azzopardi, has spoken out against these allegations, saying that the arrangement was temporary and that Cuomo would take Captain back once returning from a vacation. Cuomo also responded in a recent tweet, stating “Some people just can’t get the facts straight. Yes, I was downstate monitoring storm response for a few days, but Captain and I are a man and his dog. He is part of our family and that’s the way it will always be.”

We hope this is only a temporary situation, as Azzopardi stated, and that Cuomo was responsible in arranging care for his pup. Even so, it highlights the sad, yet common issue of animal abandonment when pet owners discard their pets as though they are mere objects.

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