(ANIMAL NEWS) Mitt Romney’s dog incident is still following him 30 years later, and Republican candidate Rick Santorum is taking full advantage of that. Santorum’s campaign has made frequent mentions of what the treatment of Seamus, the family dog, says about Mitt’s character, and rightly so. What compassionate dog guardian takes a road trip with their dog in a crate tied to the roof of the car? And then hose the dog down while in the crate at a gas station after it has gotten sick (probably from fear), and then continue on their way? Romney is so out of touch that he claims the dog “enjoyed” the trip. Yes, Mitt, we are sure Seamus was completely thrilled to be wet and sick on top of a speeding car. Read on to learn more about what this incident could mean for Mitt Romney’s campaign. — Global Animal
A man voicing his outrage at Romney. Dogs Against Romney is also the name of a real organization. Photo credit: Juana Summers/POLITICO

Arthur Delaney, The Huffington Post 

WASHINGTON — If the way Mitt Romney treated his dog 30 years ago is not an important part of the 2012 presidential election, Rick Santorum’s campaign didn’t get the memo.

Twice last week top Santorum adviser John Brabender reminded voters that Romney once drove to Canada with the family dog, Seamus, in a crate fastened to the roof of the car. And on Sunday, in response to a question from Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Week,” Santorum said the Seamus story is important.

“As far as Seamus the dog, look, all I would say is, the issues of character are important in this election, and we need to look at all of those issues and make a determination as to whether that’s the kind of person you want to be president of the United States,” Santorum said.

President Obama transporting Bo in a thoughtful way. Photo credit: David Axelrod/ Twitter

Many dog lovers believe that what is being called “Crate-Gate” thoroughly disqualifies the candidate. An online group called Dogs Against Romney has pushed the story ever since the Boston Globe first reported the 1983 incident in 2007. During the 12-hour trip, Seamus suffered diarrhea and Romney stopped briefly to hose off the car and the dog, then continued driving, according to the newspaper.

The Romney campaign does not have a sense of humor about the story and has kept quiet about it. The candidate has said that he loves his dogs and that Seamus enjoyed riding on the roof. As governor, Romney in 2006 proclaimed September “Responsible Dog Ownership Month” in Massachusetts.

Karl predicted that the Seamus story won’t go away.

“All right, well, Seamus the dog — I think we’ll be hearing more about him going forward,” he said.

More Huffington Post : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/18/rick-santorum-seamus-_n_1357153.html

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