Romney Strapped Dog in Carrier to Roof of Car, Drove 12 Hours

He should have gone to jail in 1983:

Romney strapped a dog carrier — with the family dog Seamus, an Irish Setter, in it — to the roof of the family station wagon for a twelve hour drive from Boston to Ontario, which the family apparently completed, despite Seamus’s rather visceral protest. [The dog beshat himself.]

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.”


  • Roy Cerling
    June 30, 2007 - 10:08 am | Permalink

    So what if he secured a dog carrier to the roof of his car 25 years ago? We all do things we regret later, but I’m not sure this incident even rises to that level.

    I am not a fan of Mitt Romney either, but if this is the worst thing you can find about the guy he must be a real saint.

    I can’t believe I wasted my time reading and responding to the thread…

  • Madison
    June 30, 2007 - 10:59 am | Permalink

    You’re right, Roy. I mean, it’s just a dog, and who cares whether he spent 24 hours in terror. And what Romney did is not as bad Bill Frist adopting kittens in order to kill them, or Rudy’s wife’s former career selling medical devices in which puppies were killed as part of the demonstration.

  • Clara Boucher
    July 2, 2007 - 5:03 pm | Permalink

    I wish that Romney would sit in the truck-bed of a truck and go for a ride. It is terrifying at only 35 MPH. I know, becsuse I roade there once.
    We had gone biking without any repair equipment. I had a flat tire. We were about 20 miles from home. We called our son to pick us up in the truck. We put the two bikes in the truck-bed and decided to ride there also to keep the bikes from being damaged. We kept rapping on the window screaming to slow down. It was terrifying at 35 MPH…I can’t imagine how horrible it would be at 50 to 70 MPH!!

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