According to Dogs Against Romney:
"When asked about the incident in 2006, Malek offered this explanation: He said he went to Peoria in the summer of '59 to visit friends at Bradley University. They got "drunk out of their minds" and he "didn't know why" one of the other men had killed the dog, that he was "not a participant" and that he was in "no position to stop it."Of course Malek would tell the story this way. It doesn't matter that Malek was arrested with his friends for the incident, it just matters what he can make everybody believe now. But this is a visual Romney should have avoided at all costs. But he didn't. This incident is just throwing more fire on an issue that already makes Romney look like a dog hater. Romney is not only cruel to dogs now, he is also friends with people who are cruel to dogs as well. It shows a complete lack of compassion and character. It is also stupidity. These things disqualify Romney from political office. You cannot trust a man with the lives of millions of human beings if that man is cruel to his dog and is friends with a guy who was even crueler to another dog. It's just not a good idea.