Fla. Gov. Rick Scott returned rescue dog he adopted

Reagan, a rescue dog adopted by the governor.

Gov. Rick Scott says Reagan, the rescue dog the family adopted, proved too much for them to handle.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who proudly announced shortly after winning the GOP nomination in 2010 that his family had adopted a rescue dog, has conceded that he got rid of the animal about a month after taking office.

Reporters recently began asking what happened to the Labrador retriever, which Scott named Reagan after the former president, after not seeing it around during the family’s public appearances. Little insight was offered up from Scott's current and former communications directors, who refused to answer the question of Reagan's whereabouts, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Finally, the Times asked the governor directly on Monday to clear up the mystery of Reagan.

The newspaper quoted him as saying:

"He was a rescue dog and he couldn't be around anybody that was carrying anything, and so he wouldn't get better."

The governor said Reagan never bit anyone but "scared the living daylights'' out of people at the mansion.

Scott said the family gave the dog back to his prior owner about a month after he took office in Tallahassee in January 2011.

 

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