As has become obvious, it's best when Mayor Set-Them-Free speaks for himself. Please read his detailed "apology" letter here. He's not sorry he abandoned the dogs in the forest, he's just sorry people complained. Hard to pick a favorite from the many gems he has given us, but this one - which I assume is a typo - is a priceless bit of advice coming from someone who seems to be annoyed, at best, at having to serve the public in the course of his job as a public servant:
"Please, do let this opportunity to do good pass you by."
Typo or not - well said, Mayor.