OUTGOING New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shot down reports that he left his dog in Albany following his resignation on Monday.
After Cuomo's emotional farewell address, it was widely reported that he left his three-year-old pooch, Captain, behind at the governor's mansion.
But Cuomo took to Twitter to set the record straight — and take a shot at the media — on Monday night.
"Some people just can't get the facts straight," he wrote, alongside a photo of him and Captain, as well as his three daughters.
"Yes, I was downstate monitoring storm response for a few days, but Captain and I are a man and his dog," Cuomo went on.
"He is part of our family and that’s the way it will always be."
Captain, a shepherd, Siberian and malamute mix, was adopted by Cuomo in 2018.
During his farewell speech earlier in the day, Cuomo spoke about the "rush to judgement" that led to his resignation.
"Allegations must still be scrutinized and verified whether made by a woman or a man — that is our basic justice system.
"A rush to judgment is not fair and facts still matter," he insisted.
Cuomo added: "The attorney general's report was designed to be a political firecracker on an explosive matter and it worked."
Before thanking the people of New York for empowering him to fight for them, the teary-eyed Cuomo said: "I worked my hardest, I gave it my all, and I tried my best to deliver for you. And that is God's honest truth."
He added: "Thank you for the honor of serving as the Governor of New York. Thank you for allowing me to represent you. Thank you for empowering me to fight for you."
The report that Cuomo was planning to abandon his dog broke over the weekend when the Times Union spoke to sources who claimed Cuomo had asked mansion staff members if anyone wanted to take care of Captain.
Cuomo's senior advisor Richard Azzopardi shot down those reports on Saturday.
"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.
"Someone offered to watch him for a few days while the transition was ongoing but for that to be weaponized and morph from a game of telephone into the pages of your paper is absurd."
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