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Va. man who skinned, wore guinea pig convicted on animal cruelty charge

A man who skinned a guinea pig and wore the skin as headgear has been convicted on an animal cruelty charge.

Charles Woodson was convicted Tuesday in Warren County General District Court.

The 41-year-old Woodson was arrested in March after neighbors saw him wearing the guinea pig hat, which included the animal's head.

Woodson has said the animal was killed humanely. He had purchased the animal from a pet store.

Judge W. Dale Houff sentenced Woodson to six months in jail, but suspended four months from the term. Woodson also was ordered to serve one year of unsupervised probation.

Woodson must continue undergoing counseling and is prohibited from owning any pets for at least a year.

-- Northern Virginia Daily

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 19, 2010; 10:31 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Updates , Virginia  
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Posted by: MarilynManson | May 19, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I was thinking about skinning my dog and wearing him as a hat. This article really brought me to my senses.

Posted by: steampunk | May 19, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

What a story! While baby seals are clubbed to death to make coats and mink are raised and killed to make coats and hats, beaver, fox all of these animals killed under license from the government -- the court prosecutes a man for killing one pig and making a hat.
Nothing is legal unless you have a government license.

Posted by: photog | May 19, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

He's only prohibited from owning a pet for a year? I don't think that he should have gotten jail time for a guinea pig. What's the difference between that and -- let's say -- a bunny? But, he should get probabation, mandatory counseling and never own a pet again!

Posted by: Ksdoggie | May 19, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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