Inevitably questions would come out about the dog and the Scott people would have to explain his disappearance. There are a lot of Republicans and conservatives who have dogs and such treatment of a canine would undoubtedly not play well with many in Scott's base.
Turns out the story is mostly correct.
Reagan "scared the living daylights" out of people, Scott told the Times. Photographer Eric Tournay was taken aback whenever the dog "barked like crazy" every time he saw the camera, the governor said.According to the article, Reagan was returned to the prior owner and is now living out his days at All Pets Grooming and Boarding in Naples, Florida.
So Reagan wasn't returned to the pound. But he was returned to the previous owner, which begs the question whether it was truly a rescue animal to begin with. Nobody asked that question apparently. Also, no one apparently has obtained a picture of Reagan at his new living facility so the media is just taking Governor Scott's word about what happened.
By the way, Governor Scott has a new "rescue" Labrador retriever, a 7 year old dog named "Tallee."
Note: I'd like to link directly to the Tampa Bay Times article but it is not opening well on my computer so I linked to the New York Daily News article instead.