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Posted at 5:01 PM ET, 03/11/2010

Man arrested for wearing guinea pig on his head

By Washington Post editors

A Virginia man is facing an animal cruelty charge after police say he skinned a guinea pig and made a head ornament out of it.

Animal control officer Gerald L. Cubbage says 40-year-old Charles Woodson of Front Royal bought the guinea pig at a pet store in February. Neighbors later saw him wearing its hide on his head.

Warren County Deputy Laura L. Gomez said police seized a guinea pig hide including its head from Woodson’s home. They also have a photograph of Woodson wearing the hide.

Woodson faces up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor charge.

A hearing is scheduled for March 23.

It was not immediately clear Thursday whether Woodson has secured an attorney.

Information from: Northern Virginia Daily

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2010; 5:01 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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Comments

what the media doesn't tell you is that this "gentleman" is constantly walking around in monk robes, wearing grease paint, and claiming that he is a vampire. which, let's be honest, he is not... what he is, aside from being cruel to animals, is ignorant. it's not even a fact of being crazy or mentally ill. he's ignorant. imagine living across from a neighbor that calls himself a vampire, a monk, and walks around wearing a decomposing guinea pig on his bald head. what a moron.
for anyone that wants to complain about the actions of the officer, stating that not enough is done to prevent other animal cruelties, such as the use of whale in lipstick, the use of fox fur in coats, the use if leather in duty belts, why not look at this a different way? this could be seen as a stepping stone for animal cruelty cases which i do not think have harsh enough punishments. i am sorry if mr. woodson is a diagnosed schizophrenic, but this was a planned action, not a schizophrenic episode. perhaps mr. woodson needs a babysitter.
the officer is perfectly within legal rights to pursue this as an animal cruelty case. people need to learn that their ignorance has consequences. and, sorry mr. woodson, but you are not exempt.
it was only a guinea pig? yes, but let's also know that this man threatened to do the same to humans. bet there would be more outrage then, wouldn't there? congratulations to the officer for stopping this sociopath before that happened.

Posted by: 1horreur | March 14, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

lol - Must be a member of the Front Royal Tea Party expressing his freedom

Posted by: mjcc1987 | March 14, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

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