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Attorney General Pam Bondi holds Sydney, an adoptable dog from Tallahassee Animal Services, as Gov. Rick Scott pets it Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at the start of the Cabinet meeting in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo by Phil Sears)

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Pam Bondi’s dog adoptions could be coming to a close

In a little more than six years, just over 70 displaced dogs have found “forever” homes, thanks to Attorney General Pam Bondi and the state Cabinet.

But the Cabinet’s role as a pet-adoption service could be coming to an end.

The sight of Bondi, shod in high heels, toting a homeless hound has become a regular feature before the Cabinet takes up its official agenda.

On Tuesday — the last meeting for Pam Bondi, Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — Bondi thanked her fellow Cabinet members for “indulging me” in a “highly unusual” step to “save a lot of animals.”

Despite efforts to get returning Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis or one of the newly elected Cabinet members to take over the reins of the program, no one has publicly declared they will carry on Bondi’s mission.

Bondi’s pet drive began after she suggested that Humane Society of Florida’s state director Kate MacFall bring a rescue dog to a Cabinet meeting.

“This has been so successful and we’re forever grateful,” MacFall said before Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting. “There is no other elected official that has done what Pam Bondi has done for dogs, and she’s used this platform to help a lot of dogs.”

The effort has a perfect record in finding the dog-of-the-day a home, MacFall said.

On Tuesday, Patronis became the latest canine hero.

“He is absolutely keeping the dog. He’s going to surprise his boys with her,” Patronis spokeswoman Anna Alexopoulos Farrar said.

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