By Penny Eims, DogNewsExaminer.com
On December 30, 2009, a German shepherd mix named Buddy, was dragged to death behind the truck of Steven Clay Romero, 38, of Grand Junction.
July 30, 2010, Romero has been sentenced to 36 months in Federal prison, followed by 12 months of supervised release, in addition to a $500 fine and $343.68 in restitution to Buddy's owners.
Though the punishment is the maximum allowed by law, it still seems inadequate to many individuals who were saddened by Buddy's cruel, inhumane death.
Buddy's supporters established a petition site for Buddy, as well as a Demand
Justice for Buddy Facebook site. In late April, a candlelight vigil was held in
Buddy's honor, as a donated memorial stone at the Roice-Hurst Humane Society was
dedicated. The stone reads "For Buddy, and all the animals that have no one to
weep for them."
Buddy's many supporters are pleased that Romero has received the maximum sentence for his brutal crime, but saddened that a person can obliterate another life so cruelly, and only receive 3 years for their brutality.
In honor of Buddy, and other dogs that have suffered like him, please pay it forward to another shelter dog. Donate, adopt, foster - help another shelter dog in need. Buddy's memory will never die as long as people are able to reach out to other shelter dogs and extend a compassionate hand towards their care.