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Seeking justice for Buddy

More than 6,500 people have signed an online petition demanding the maximum penalty for the man accused of dragging a dog named Buddy to his death at Colorado National Monument.

The goal, organizers say, is to ensure Steven Clay Romero, 37, the suspect in the Dec. 30 torture and death of a German shepherd mix, “spends every single minute” in federal prison allowed under law.

The petition, and a “Justice for Buddy” Facebook page, were created by a Washington, D.C. woman, the Denver Post reported. The petition urges the courts to apply, upon conviction, the maximum penalty of three years in federal prison, a $100,000 fine and one-year of probation.

Romero is scheduled for a detention hearing today, and a federal prosecutor is expected to seek his continued pre-trial detention.

Romero is being held without bond on suspicion of aggravated cruelty to animals, a federal felony, at the Mesa County Jail.

He is accused of dragging the dog, which had been stolen, for two to three miles behind a pickup truck.

(For all of our coverage of Buddy, click here.)


Comment from Heidi
Time January 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I’m going to contact the District Court via letter or email (if I can find an email) and let them know directly my feelings on this case. It’s nice to sign the petition, but it would be better to swampp the court with real letters pleading for this man to get the maximum.
Sadly, 3 years doesn’t seem nearly enough for this horrific crime. We need to work on making the penalities for animal cruelty much stiffer, especially animal cruelty that leads to death.

Comment from Susan
Time January 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm

There are no words for the sadness for dear Buddy – no animal deserves this kind of treatment – but I tell ya, Mr. Romero can take a walk with me to Home Depot – I know right where the rope is for him. Let’s see how far he can run behind my truck ! Such a sorry human being – such a sorry excuse for man kind.

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time January 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Found the group, signed up, and seem to have influenced one or two others to do the same.

Comment from Sarahkate
Time January 4, 2010 at 7:25 pm

EYE FOR AN EYE. I have a fast pickup truck and a chain with his name on it.

Comment from Irene Mields
Time January 5, 2010 at 11:19 am

This is an appalling act of inhumanity to animals. The perpetrator should get the strongest penalty possible.

Comment from Billy
Time January 26, 2010 at 11:14 am

New animal cruelty story in CO sled dogs starved to death seven of them have died so sad

Comment from Jessica
Time January 27, 2010 at 9:41 pm

that is truly horrible!! i would love to see how fast he can run behind our truck

Comment from jack
Time July 31, 2010 at 12:03 am

ARE YOU KIDDING!??? OVER A DOG! a wild beast? if not tamed would bite and kill you for food???