Va. man says guinea pig killed humanely
A Virginia man facing an animal cruelty charge for skinning a pet guinea pig to make a hat contends that, at worst, he’s guilty of a hunting violation.
Forty-one-year-old Charles Woodson says he killed the guinea pig humanely with a quick cut through the neck and spine. Woodson claims he learned the technique as a graduate student studying biology more than a decade ago.
Woodson says the hat was inspired by his admiration of Davy Crockett and that he bought the guinea pig specifically to make the headgear.
Woodson is scheduled to be tried May 18. He faces up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine if convicted.
On Tuesday, Warren County General District Court Judge Dale Houff appointed a public defender to represent Woodson.
-- Northern Virginia Daily
Washington Post editors
| March 24, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
Categories: Crime and Public Safety, Virginia
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