Tell the US District Court in Colorado to give Steven Clay
Romero three years in federal prison and a $100,000 fine for
dragging Buddy to his death.
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Sometimes the story begins at the end. Sadly for Buddy, a
German Shepherd mix, this is one of those times. His story ended
early last Wednesday morning when his body was found at the
Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction.
After being tied to a truck, track marks in the snow tell the
story of Buddy’s last moments. First he walked. Then he ran.
When he collapsed, his body was dragged then dumped.
Joan Anzelmo, superintendent of the monument, told The Denver
Post that Buddy was “forced to run up one of the steepest hills
at the monument. During the 3 miles, the dog had to run on about
2 inches of snow, around multiple switchbacks and sharp curves
that gained more than 1,000 feet in elevation before the animal
collapsed and died.”
To make the story even more heartbreaking, Buddy was stolen
from the back of Joe and Sasha Leber’s truck, along with their
other dog Max, while they were eating brunch in a café. While
Max was returned safely, Buddy was clearly not so fortunate.
“We looked in the back of our truck, because it’s pretty
unusual for them not to be there. We start calling for them,
then a lady comes out,” Joe said. “She asked if that truck was
ours, we told her yeah. She said three Hispanic males stole our
dogs out of the back of the truck.”
Tips lead to the arrest of 37 year-old Steven Clay Romero,
who was picked up outside of a courthouse while there dealing
with unrelated charges. Video surveillance from the monument
confirms him driving in with Buddy and out without him. A police
search of Romero's home also turned up rope that matched what
was tied around Buddy's neck.
Romero’s sister, 32 year-old Melissa Lockhart, is now facing
felony theft charges for stealing Buddy.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!