Mitt Romney says, if he had a chance to do it all over again, he would not put the family dog in a carrier on top of a station wagon for a 12-hour ride to Canada.
“Certainly not with the attention it’s received,” Romney said in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer.
In other words, he regrets getting caught. But does he regret the act?
His comments sound a lot like those Michael Vick has uttered since serving his sentence for dogfighting-related offenses. Like saying he regrets how the public perceived his acts. Like saying he’d still be doing it, if not for getting caught. Like saying it was all part of urban culture.
Dogfighting is no more a part of urban culture than putting a dog on your roof is part of suburban culture.
The tale of Seamus, the Romney’s Irish setter, is an old one, from the 1980s, first disclosed when Tagg Romney told the story in 2007 — how Seamus got sick during the trip, how Seamus got hosed down during the trip, how the Romneys continued on, dog still on the roof.
The question posed by Sawyer was submitted by a Yahoo! reader: “Would you transport Seamus like that again?”
Though the presidential candidate said no, his wife, Ann Romney, again pointed out how much Seamus “loved it.”
“He would see that crate and would … go crazy because he was going with us on vacation,” she said. “It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel…”
Posted by jwoestendiek April 17th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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The attorney for Andrew David Thompson, the former Michigan State University student charged with killing 13 Italian greyhounds, is seeking to suppress incriminating statements Thompson made during questioning by an animal control deputy.
Thompson’s trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 5.
In Ingham County Circuit Court yesterday, Judge Paula Manderfield heard arguments from Stacia Buchanan, who said her client was not read his Miranda rights by the animal control deputy who questioned him.
Prosecutor Jeff Cruz argued that Thompson was not coerced or threatened during the interview and had every opportunity to leave if he wanted, and that the evidence regarding the dogs was allowed in a preliminary hearing.
Animal control deputy Jodi LeBombard testified in a preliminary hearing that Thompson told her during questioning that he killed the dogs out of anger, mostly by throwing them to the ground, against a wall or by grabbing them by the neck and beating them.
He purchased the dogs mostly over the Internet from breeders.
The judge said she would review video of the interview and transcripts from the preliminary hearing before making a decision, according to the Lansing State Journal.
Thompson, 24, who is suspended from MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, faces 13 felony in two counties on charges of animal killing or torture in the deaths of the Italian greyhound puppies from September 2010 to June of 2011.
(Photo: Lansing State Journal)
Posted by jwoestendiek November 22nd, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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Investigations by a state’s attorney and the Maryland State Police into allegations against the Cecil County SPCA have concluded there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing and that fired employees lied about their accusations, the SPCA is reporting on its website.
The allegations were brought to light by Del. Michael Smigiel, who published them on the Internet and still maintains on his blog that the they have not been fully investigated.
Caroline County State’s Attorney Jonathan G. Newell reported on his review of a detailed State Police investigation and report in a June 1, 2009 letter sent to Cecil County State’s Attorney Christopher Eastridge, who had asked for an independent review outside Cecil County.
“Despite a very thorough investigation … in my opinion none of the allegations of criminal animal cruelty on the part of current or past employees of the CCSPCA are credible enough to be prosecuted,” Newell said. The State Police investigation began in January, 2009.
The State Police report concluded there was no credible evidence against the Cecil County SPCA. Read more »
Posted by jwoestendiek June 12th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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