Dog Lovers Plan To Protest Romney at Westminster Dog Show

A protest planned for the Westminster dog show tomorrow is the latest sign the scandal Mitt Romney’s treatment of his dog, Seamus, during a 1983 road trip just won’t die. The website “Dogs Against Romney” sent out a press release this afternoon announcing their intent to stage a demonstration in front of the annual canine cabal with “dogs and their dog-loving friends and families” tomorrow.

Dogs Against Romney, which was created in 2007 after the story first emerged about Mr. Romney putting his Irish Setter, Seamus, on the roof of his car during the more than twelve hour trip from Boston to Mr. Romney’s vacation home in Ontario. The press release about the protest included a quote from the supposed “founder” of Dogs Against Romney, a dog named Rusty:

“I’m sure everyone who attends the Westminster dog show will agree: Dogs are not luggage.”

Seamus’ story has been a persistent issue for Mr. Romney during this year’s presidential campaign. Mr. Romney  has repeatedly insisted his dog enjoyed traveling on top of the car and his Ann, has said Seamus survived the trip and went on to live to a “ripe old age.” However, last month, The Politicker reported two of Mr. Romney’s sons had an off-record conversation with reporters where they revealed the dog ran away when they reached their destination on that infamous journey. Mr. Romney and his campaign didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment on that story.

The Dogs Against Romney protest will take place tomorrow at Noon in front of Madison Square Garden, where the Westminster dog show is in progress. Read the press release announcing the Dog-loving demonstration below:

***Media Advisory for Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 12pm ET***

“Dogs Against Romney” to Greet Westminster Dog Show Fans

Event Introduces Dog Lovers to Their Best Friend’s Worst Enemy

New York, NY — On Tuesday, February 14, Outside the Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden at 12 Noon dogs and their dog-loving friends and families will gather for an informational protest to ensure pet lovers are aware that Mitt Romney is mean to dogs.

Armed with signs bearing slogans like “I Ride Inside,” the passionate canines and humans will seek to focus more public attention on the fact that Romney forced his dog to ride for 12 hours on the roof of his car in a crate — even when the dog became ill.

“I’m sure everyone who attends the Westminster dog show will agree: Dogs are not luggage,”said Dogs Against Romney founder Rusty, who is also the founder of the Dogs Against Romney Super Pack.

Who: Dogs and dog-lovers

Time: Noon, Tuesday, February 14th.

Place: Outside Madison Square Garden (West Side of 7th Ave between 31st and 32nd Street)

What: Informational protests to inform dog lovers about Mitt Romney’s history of dog abuse

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