Romney 'Tortured' Family Dog

Pet on roof rack for 12-hour ride
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2007 6:26 AM CDT
Romney 'Tortured' Family Dog
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(Newser) – White House hopeful Mitt Romney once kept his Irish Setter in a dog carrier strapped to the roof rack of the family car during a 12-hour road trip in a stunt that's come back to haunt his campaign 24 years later, Time reports. The incident came to light as an anecdote about Romney in a newspaper profile.

Now questions are being raised about the Massachusetts governor's  judgment, his parenting, and  even his support for "enhanced interrogation" techniques used on suspected terrorists. A PETA spokesman said the dog, Seamus, was "basically being tortured" in the possibly illegal incident , and the family vacation was a "lesson in cruelty" for the Romney children. (Read more Mitt Romney stories.)

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