ABC News’ Jake Tapper reports: Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential candidate and Mitt Romney, says that the family’s dog, Seamus, enjoyed being in a kennel on the roof of their car. The comments appeared in a blog post on the campaign’s official website in response to dog-lovers who say the family was acting cruelly in 1983 when it drove 12-hours from Boston to Ontario, Canada with the dog inside a kennel on top of the car.
"…he loved it," Mrs. Romney said. "Every time he saw it, he jumped up on the tailgate, walked in, and lay down. It was just like the kennel he jumped up on the tailgate, walked in, and lay down. It was just like the kennel he curled up in at home."
Mrs. Romney says the Irish setter "rode in an enclosed kennel, not in the open air." She appeared to be responding to apparent confusion over media reports that said the dog was "strapped" to the car. Most major media outlets have reported the incident as Mrs. Romney depicted it, with the dog inside a kennel — but with kennel strapped to the roof. Romney goes on to describe her family as "a dog family", and that their dog "lived to a ripe old age, basking in the affection of a large family."
Animal rights activists were outraged when the incident was first reported in a Boston Globe piece about Mitt Romney’s management style. A Time Magazine article quoted Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals as saying it was "a lesson in cruelty that was … wrong for [his children] to witness."