This is simply not the decision of a normal, well-adjusted person, let alone anyone who cares about their pet. I defy you to find a significant number of (terrible) pet owners who would agree with Romney’s decision. Does it need to be pointed out that Romney endangered his dog’s afety, risking the crate being torn off the roof by the wind, when he could have, crate ad all, put the dog in the trunk. Sure there are risks involved with that too, but none so great as those involved in putting Seamus on the roof. The fact it was 1983 doesn’t make the slightest bit of difference.
Furthermore, by putting his dog on the roof Romney ensured that he had no way of knowing whether his dog was distressed (highly likely given Iris Setters’ well-merited reputation for being loopy to the tonsils) or not. In other words he failed in his duty of care. Even if his dog became agitated inside the car, one of Mitt’s children would have been on hand to calm Seamus’s nerves as best he could.