A Cruel Ride For Mitt Romney’s Dog

RomneyIt was 1983 and Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and now presidential candidate, was going on a vacation with his family. The family was driving from Boston to Ontario, and Seamus, the dog, was also coming along for the trip.

Where did Romney put Seamus? Romney strapped a dog carrier with Seamus, an Irish setter, in it, to the roof of the family station wagon for the twelve hour drive. Fortunately, Seamus survived the long trip on the top of the car, although he protested being on top by releasing his bodily fluids on the car.

More on Romney’s situation with his dog after the jump.

From Time.com:

Massachusetts’s animal cruelty laws specifically prohibit anyone from carrying an animal “in or upon a vehicle, or otherwise, in an unnecessarily cruel or inhuman manner or in a way and manner which might endanger the animal carried thereon.”

An officer for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals responded to a description of the situation saying “it’s definitely something I’d want to check out.” The officer, Nadia Branca, declined to give a definitive opinion on whether Romney broke the law but did note that it’s against state law to have a dog in an open bed of a pick-up truck, and “if the dog was being carried in a way that endangers it, that would be illegal.”

And while it appears that the statute of limitations has probably passed, Stacey Wolf, attorney and legislative director for the ASPCA, said “even if it turns out to not be against the law at the time, in the district, we’d hope that people would use common sense…Any manner of transporting a dog that places the animal in serious danger is something that we’d think is inappropriate…I can’t speak to the accuracy of the case, but it raises concerns about the judgment used in this particular situation.”

Romney’s campaign did not respond to any emails or calls in regards to his treatment of his dog.

(Thanks Pit Bull Lover)

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  1. Turnabout says:

    Convertible lover:

    If it’s no problem for the dog, then how about trying it yourself and getting back to us with the results?

    Get a pal with a hardtop to to strap a playpen on the roof, slap some cardboard on the front side for a “windshield”, then you hop in, and have him take you out on the interstate. After an hour, have your friend pull over at a rest stop and hose you down (by that point you may really need it). Then, back on the interstate for a few more hours. Of course the pup had to stay for twelve, but I’m not as cruel as Mitt, so I’ll let you off with 3 or 4

    Oh and you can wear clothes, but no footwear, gloves, hats, goggles, glasses, or earplugs.

    Can’t wait to hear how much you loved it.

  2. Phoebe says:

    chip wrote, “I would never put my dog on the roof for a 12 hour trip. I may have back in the early 80’s when animal rights awareness was not what it is today. But I’m sure Governor Romney would not do such a thing these days….”

    Uh-huh. That’s why Romney came out today in defense of his actions back then. He still sees nothing wrong with them.

    Face it, this was Romney’s “macaca” moment. He’s self-destructed as a candidate. Mitt Romney the Dog Torturer.

    Still don’t believe he’s done, chip? A sample quote from another, unrelated article is very revealing (although poor Seamus would probably not be very surprised):

    ‘Romney, Torture, and Teens - The former governor’s connections to abusive “tough love” camps.’

    “…The suit alleges that teens were locked in outdoor dog cages, exercised to exhaustion, deprived of food and sleep, exposed to extreme temperatures without adequate clothing or water, severely beaten, emotionally brutalized, and sexually abused and humiliated. Some were even made to eat their own vomit.”

    Think they used Seamus’ old cage? It sounds a lot like his ‘vacation’ to Ontario.


    Which of the five brothers are you, anyway, chip?

    Give it up. This is a true “macaca” moment with no hope of successful damage control. Although I do like the quote at the end of the Outside the Beltway article as it fits flip-flopper Romney so very well:

    “In Romney’s defense, however, I’d note that the incident took place over twenty-five years ago. Goodness knows, his views on dog travel have certainly changed half a dozen times in the interim.”

    No doubt. Depending on the audience, Mitt has never met a position that he didn’t like - for the duration of that speech, anyway.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous says on July 6th, 2007 at 10:48 am:

    I am grateful. You have very skillfully captured the “Essence of Mitt” in one short word. Kudos!

  5. Cooltruth says:

    Looks more like callous indifference than deliberate cruelty to the dog. He could have put his dog in the car & strapped his luggage to the roof rack. He should have rearranged things so the dog could ride inside the car if he had to hose down both the car & the dog halfway through the trip. We are going to need an intelligent President to correct problems the present one has gotten us into. Lack of empathy for their Irish Setter isn’t a good sign of what we should be looking for in our President.

  6. David Paul Xavier Burch says:

    Are you sure this isn’t just some kind of urban legend? Sounds like a scene from “National Lampoon’s” (Original) “Vacation”; (except there the dog was *accidently* left tied to a rear bumper!)

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  8. Thel Josenhans says:

    Any one , putting a gentel …..Irish Setter dog , on top of the car , I seen the pictures , it was a , ” open cage “, is a real jerk ……….
    that’s not love…………for His defenceless dog ,
    What , is He going to do , for people , of , this country ,
    if gas prices keep rising ,tell people to strap ,Co workers , on top of there car ………. one on the bumper ,

    His butt………. needs a ride on top of , some ones car , for hours , so ,
    He can feel dirt in His eyes , cold , or rain , heat , jerking around , quick stops , so , He can hit , his head , against the cage ,

    I know………. He is the kind to join ……… ” PETA ” who will give , Him advice ,
    they don’t save animals , they believe in ……… killing…. to control …….. to many , unwanted pets .
    I won’t give money to Him to run , or PETA……… every again. I just know , He would take ….. PETA’S advice.
    any Joe can see , He is heartless………..
    no matter , how fancy , He dresses , or , what grate speech , He gives ,
    SO DID HITLER………….. Remember ???
    T.K.J. Thel

  9. Steve says:

    What’s the big deal? The dog excitedly scampered up there. The dog wouldn’t like it if it didn’t feel good…basic principle of behaviorism. It was probably more comfortable than a Livestock trailer, anyway. There may have been a better way of bringing the dog, but this is not deliberate cruelty. What Michael Vick and his friends did was cruelty.

  10. Rollo says:

    I am absolutely sickened that Romney has won any primaries. New Hampshire and Nevada: WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? I don’t judge a politician based upon his/her personal life. I care about issues, not personality, not family scandals. Huckabee’s been criticized for his son’s animal cruelty. I’m not basing my voting decisions based on that. Clinton’s being criticized for her husband’s affairs. I’m not basing my voting decisions based on that. Other candidates are being praised for the friendly nature. Hey, I’m voting for a president, not a beer-drinking buddy. But Romney?? His dog-strapping and nonchalant way of speaking about his animal cruelty DOES speak to his character. You can’t run a country if you have absolutely no heart.

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