Florida Governor Rick Scott apparently used some poor Lab for publicity purposes during his 2010 campaign, indicating his family had rescued the dog and inviting supporters to submit name suggestions. The governor then quietly took the dog, dubbed “Reagan” by Facebook friends, back to the grooming and boarding facility he’d gotten him from shortly after moving to Tallahassee.
When reporters asked recently what happened to Reagan, the governor’s staff tried to dodge and weave for as long as they could manage but eventually the governor admitted returning the dog for barking at people. Governor Scott explained, “He was a rescue dog [...] and so he wouldn’t get better.”
Way to pump up the “rescue dogs are damaged” myth, governor.
Reagan’s current status is unknown.