Andrew Cuomo has angered dog lovers this week after he abandoned his dog while moving out. Cuomo’s dog, Captain, was reportedly left at the governor’s mansion in Albany following Cuomo’s pending resignation.
Captain is a 3-year-old Siberian Shepherd and Malamute mix that Cuomo and his family adopted in 2018. He was first introduced to the public after Cuomo brought him to a meeting of New York mayors at the governor’s mansion. He was immediately a crowd favorite.
Cuomo said that it was his daughters, Mariah, Cara, and Michaela, who wanted to adopt the dog and even outvoted him on what to name the animal. The governor wanted to name the dog “Excelsior,” after the state’s motto but it was overruled. To be honest, we think Captain is a cuter name!
According to Cuomo’s team, the governor left his dog there temporarily. Cuomo’s dog will stay at the governor’s mansion while Cuomo takes a vacation following his removal from the governor’s seat at 11:59 p.m. tonight. Richard Azzopardi, a spokesman and top advisor for Cuomo, was angry at the alleged claims.
He told Times Union that “Captain is part of the governor’s family and for your nameless ill-informed source to imply they’ve been trying to give him away is untrue.” He said that the governor was more worried about Hurricane Henri and its impact on the state.
Two members of the State Police told reporters that Cuomo’s dog was being left at the mansion in care of one of the staff members. They were scheduled to take the dog to their home for a couple of days but Captain has a history of biting and was returned to the governor’s mansion.
The governor’s staff said that the dog has nipped at many members of State Police and staff at the governor’s mansion. When these biting events would happen, Cuomo would just laugh according to the source.
Libby Post, head of the New York State Animal Protection Federation, said that she is willing to help place Captain in a shelter or find him a better home if that’s what he needs. She told Cuomo that Captain could be placed in a shelter with behavioral specialists to work on his biting problem before Cuomo takes him back after his vacation.
“The New York State Animal Protection Federation is ready to help place Captain at one of our larger New York State animal shelters, such as the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands, just north of Albany. Shelters like Mohawk Hudson, Lollypop Farm in Rochester, and the SPCA Serving Erie County have excellent behavioral experts who can help Captain resolve his ‘nipping’ issues and adopt him into a loving, forever home. New York State loves companion animals. Captain deserves better. He will be welcomed with open arms (and paws) into one of our shelters,” Post said.
People on the Internet are appalled that the governor would leave such a cute dog behind for any reason. Many took to Twitter to express their outrage at Andrew Cuomo.
Azzopardi said that the story surrounding Cuomo and his dog is being weaponized and the media is not giving the public all of the information. Cuomo has spent the last couple of weeks moving his things out of the governor’s mansion and into his sister’s home in Westchester County.
Cuomo is resigning from the governor’s seat following allegations that he sexually harassed 11 women during his term. Many members of the Democratic Party had called for Cuomo to be impeached over the last couple of months. While Cuomo did agree to resign, he will still not admit to wrongdoing.
Kathy Hochul is scheduled to take the governor’s seat once Cuomo leaves office. She will be the first female governor of New York.