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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 03/24/2010

Va. man says guinea pig killed humanely

By Washington Post editors

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.

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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

By Washington Post editors  | March 24, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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Comments

What an idiot. Go out and buy a hat. Your not a mountain man.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 24, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Let's just hope no one reads this and decides to try for themselves. People: fur is tacky. Reserve even faux-fur accessories for costume parties.

Also there's just no such thing as a humane way to skin an animal solely for its pelt. We're not cavemen. Go buy a Nationals cap.

Posted by: solamadoo | March 24, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Before we all judge and make fun of the man, he apparently suffered a serious, disabling head injury years ago. That may go a long way to explaining his behavior:

http://www.nvdaily.com/news/2010/03/neighbors-react-to-allegations-of-animal-cruelty-in-front-royal.php

Posted by: kcar | March 27, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

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