Oliver Willis

Mitt Romney’s Dog Abuse Problem

When this story came out, I said to my friend – this is not a policy issue of any substance but the story has legs. Why? America loves pets. America looooves pets. As a pet owner myself, I know how people think about their animals, and the idea that someone of public prominence is mean to a pet – even a long time ago – makes them look like a total ass.

Romney Accused of Mistreating Family Dog

An example of Mitt Romney’s crisis management skills has turned into something of a political problem for the Republican presidential contender.

Romney placed his family dog, an Irish setter named Seamus, into a kennel lashed to the top of his station wagon for a 12-hour family trip from Boston to Ontario in 1983. Despite being shielded by a wind screen the former Massachusetts governor erected, Seamus expressed his discomfort with a diarrhea attack.

Now the story, recounted this week in a Boston Globe profile of Romney, has touched off howls of outrage from bloggers and animal rights activists even though it was presented in the story as an example of Romney’s coolness under trying circumstances.