High and dry: Andrew Cuomo posts picture of himself fishing with Captain, the German Shepherd he ‘tried to give the dog AWAY after sex scandal’
- Cuomo, 63, rubbed noses with Captain in photos posted on Instagram Tuesday
- The display of affection comes a month after Cuomo reportedly left him behind
- Sources told the Times Union that Cuomo offered the dog to his staff members and moved out of the governor’s mansion to his sister’s house without him
- They also said the difficult dog was known for ‘nipping’ at staff
- Cuomo and his spokesperson have categorically denied the claims
- The former New York governor resigned last month after allegations of sexual assault by 11 women were reported by the state Attorney General
Andrew Cuomo enjoyed a day out on the water with his German Shepherd mix ‘Captain’ after reports that he allegedly tried to give the difficult dog away and left him behind before moving out of the governor’s mansion last month.
The 63-year-old disgraced governor posted a photo of himself rubbing noses with the dog on Instagram Tuesday morning along with the caption, ‘The fall bass run is coming & Captain is ready.’
Cuomo was likely referring to the prime fishing season for bass, which feed near shallow waters in the fall ahead of the colder winter months.
The lovey-dovey display comes a month after a report surfaced alleging that Cuomo left the dog behind after he moved to his sister’s house and asked his staffers if anyone wanted to keep him.
Cuomo announced his resignation on August 10, a week after a report by Attorney General Letitia James recounted 11 instances of sexual harassment against women.
His term ended on August 23. He was succeeded by his lieutenant Kathy Hochul.
Andrew Cuomo, 63, enjoyed a day out on the boat with his Shepherd mix ‘Captain’ on Tuesday
The pair seem to be repairing their relationship after the disgraced governor reportedly tried to get rid of him while moving out of the governor’s mansion last month
The governor and his spokesman have categorically denied the abandonment claims, with the latter telling the Times Union that Cuomo only asked if someone would take the dog while he transitions out of the mansion and goes on vacation.
‘I can’t believe this is what I’m dealing with right now, when I’m dealing with a major storm,’ spokesman Richard Azzopardi told the Albany newspaper, referring to Tropical Storm Henri.
Captain is a ‘high-strung mix of Shepherd, Siberian and Malamute,’ according to the Times Union.
The governor first introduced the then-14-week-old dog to a delegation from the state Conference of Mayors when they visited the Executive Mansion in 2018.
‘He will only urinate indoors,’ Cuomo said three years ago. ‘He has some kind of climate sensitivity that overpowers his bowel movements.’
Captain was seen being walked by a staffer after Cuomo left him behind at the executive mansion on August 22
Cuomo denied claims that he had abandoned his dog Captain in a tweet featuring an old photo taken for a magazine article
Cuomo adopted the dog as a puppy in 2018, but it was apparently known to ‘nip’ at staffers
A State Police source alleged he tried to give the dog away to an employee.
‘Apparently (the employee) took the dog home and it didn’t work – the dog walks him, he don’t walk the dog.’
The source also told the paper that the dog had nipped at ‘several State Police members’ as well as staff members ‘and the governor would just laugh.’
Cuomo himself turned to Twitter to deny the claims less than two hours before his term as governor ended.
‘Some people just can’t get the facts straight,’ he wrote along with an old picture of the pair and Cuomo’s family originally taken for a magazine article.
‘Yes, I was downstate monitoring storm response for a few days, but Captain and I are a man and his dog.’
The state police source disagreed, saying: ‘He planned on keeping that dog as much as he planned on living over his big sister’s garage at (age) 63.’