Dogs Against Romney has sniffed out another connection between Mitt Romney and animal cruelty: An upcoming fundraiser for the apparent Republican nominee for president is being hosted by a man once arrested in connection with the barbecuing of a dog.
It was more than 50 years ago, and the charges were dropped, but Fred Malek, who’d go on to become the president of Marriott Hotels and former finance committee co-chair of John McCain’s presidential bid, was in the crowd when five men were arrested after authorities found a dead dog, skinned, gutted and barbecued on a spit in a park in Peoria, Ill.
Charges of cruelty to animals were later dismissed against Malek and three other men after Andrew P. O’Meara testified that he alone had struck and killed the dog with a 2-by-4, skinned the animal and tried to cook it. O’Meara said he was trying to show Malek and the others how to live off the land.
In a 2006 Washington Post story, Malek explained that he and O’Meara , recently having graduated from West Point, went to Peoria in the summer of 1959 to visit friends at Bradley University. The whole group got drunk and O’Meara had killed the dog. Malek said he was not a participant in the killing or the cooking.
Malek , on Monday, will be hosting a lavish fundraiser for Romney, who more than 25 years ago strapped a crate containing the family Irish setter, Seamus, to the roof of his station wagon for a 12 hour ride.
Dogs Against Romney founder Scott Crider is making much of the connection, as is Brad Bannon, spokesman of the Super PAC Mitt is Mean.
“I am surprised Gov. Romney is going to go to this fundraiser and get money from a guy who barbecued a dog, especially with Mitt Romney’s history with dogs,” Bannon said. “It illustrates Romney’s general indifference to people and to animals. He doesn’t care about poor people, he doesn’t care about his dog, he doesn’t care about what Fred Malek does to dogs, he is the classic cold blooded corporate raider. He just doesn’t care.”
Malek worked with the administrations of both Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush. While in the Nixon administration, he compiled, at the president’s request, a list of Jews in the federal government. In 1988, Malek resigned from the Republican National Committee over questions about his earlier role in President Nixon’s push to oust Jews from government positions.
Malek apologized and, as with the case of the cooked dog, denied playing a substantial role in the scheme.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 13th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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A Chihuahua-terrier mix who was only four weeks old when a child placed him in a microwave oven for 15 seconds underwent the first of several planned surgeries this week in an attempt to allow him to return to a normal life.
Officials at Hopalong Animal Rescue in Emeryville, Calif., say a four-year-old child put the 2 1/2-pound puppy in a microwave earlier this year — for reasons they don’t know — causing him to be severely burned.
Hopalong became involved with the case a week ago after receiving the dog from a public animal shelter in Santa Clara County, where the dog had lived since his owners surrendered him after the incident.
According to an article appearing in the San Jose Mercury News, the dog’s anus and colon were severely damaged, and doctors had to do skin and muscle reconstruction surgery to alleviate the pain, which makes him scream when he defecates.
The dog, who the rescue organization has named Mighty Mouse — “for his determined effort to live despite his extreme pain and injuries” — came through this weeks surgery well and is resting comfortably, said Christina Alvarez, executive director of Hopalong. But he has more surgery ahead.
Hopalong is trying to raise $12,000 to help cover the cost of a pre-surgery assessment, the surgery, and to fund a school-based, animal safety and education program for elementary, middle and high school students.
The group’s education program, which teaches about 500 children annually about animal safety, will now include a component linked to the microwave incident, Alvarez said.
“Mighty Mouse suffers from terrible pain, but with the community’s help, we can provide the medical treatment he requires that will give him a chance for the quality of life he deserves,” she said.
To help, go online to www.hopalong.org. The group is also accepting adoption applications on its website.
Posted by jwoestendiek May 4th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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A Wisconsin man has received a stern lecture and a sentence of six years in prison for cooking his ex-girlfriend’s dog.
A jury found Terry Kleiman of Green Bay guilty of burglary and mistreatment of animals after he broke into his former girlfriend’s apartment and put her 5-month-old Pekingese-poodle mix into an oven set at 350 degrees to get back at her following their break-up.
When the girlfriend, Alex Rouse, arrived home from the Oval Office Gentleman’s Club, where both she and Kleiman worked, she found the dog dead inside the oven, according to the Associated Press.
Kleiman was also ordered to pay Rouse $1,500 in restitution.
“I was almost nauseous when I thought about what you did,” the judge said in pronouncing the sentence. “I can’t imagine what that dog went through.”
Posted by jwoestendiek March 29th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
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A tipster has received the $2,500 reward PETA offered last fall for information leading to the conviction of a man who placed a South Carolina homeowner’s dog in the oven during a burglary, propped a chair against the door and cooked the dog alive.
Teofilo Falaniko Jr., 21, was sentenced to 11 years in prison and three-and-a-half-years probation after pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of unlawful treatment to animals, SCnow.com reported.
Dillon police said Falaniko already was in jail on two other burglary charges when he was charged. He told police he placed the dog — a pug named Penny — into the oven because it bit him during the burglary.
The tipster, whose identity is being withheld, overheard Falaniko bragging about his crime and contacted authorities.
Falaniko admitted to ransacking Bonnie Bowens’ Owens Street residence while she was at church. When Bowens got home, she noticed her front door kicked in and called police. Officer checked the over and found the dog dead.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 3rd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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The SPCA in New Zealand is calling for a change in the law after its investigation into the killing and cooking of a pet dog by a Tongan family in Auckland.
As long as the animal is slaughtered humanely — how’s that for a contradiction of terms? — eating a dog is not illegal in New Zealand.
The family who barbecued their pet dog say back home in Tonga dog meat is considered a delicacy, and they didn’t realize they were doing anything wrong.
Paea Taufa was found roasting his pitbull mix in a pit at his home. The dog had been skinned and gutted and was partially charred when SPCA inspectors arrived.
Auckland City’s mayor, John Banks, said the family needs to be educated rather than charged with a crime, according to the New Zealand Herald.
Banks, an animal rights activist for years, says better education on local customs and sensibilities is needed. “This activity is deeply offensive and totally wrong in our New Zealand society. For many people, this is absolutely repulsive,” the mayor said. “But the way forward is education. This man has obviously not been taught that killing and eating a domestic pet is not right in New Zealand.”
Posted by jwoestendiek August 17th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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