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Sister of alleged dog dragger arrested

The sister of the man accused of torturing and killing Buddy, a German shepherd who was dragged for miles behind a pick-up truck, now faces charges of stealing the dog the day before it died.

The sister, Melissa Lockhart, 32, told police she took the dog and another one because she thought they had been abandoned, the Denver Post reports.

Lockart, of Fruita, faces felony theft charges. Her brother, Steven Clay Romero, faces animal cruelty charges after Buddy was found dead Dec. 30 at Colorado National Monument with a rope around his neck.

Investigators say the dog was dragged about two miles before it died.

Police say Buddy and another dog were taken Dec. 29 from the bed of a truck in downtown Delta. A witness wrote down Lockhart’s license plate number. 

In federal court Monday, Romero told U.S. Magistrate Judge Laird Milburn that he has been harassed in jail by other inmates since his arrest Thursday. Romero is being held without bond in the Mesa County Jail and has been appointed a public defender.

Lockhart, who surrendered to police Saturday, was released on a $5,000 bond.

An online petition demanding the maximum three-year penalty be imposed on Romero if convicted has gathered nearly 16,000 signatures.


Comment from Gus and Wally
Time January 5, 2010 at 8:57 pm

There’s more to the sister story than that. According to local newspaper reports in Colorado she has given quite a few variations of that story to the authorities – yet the witnesses who got the license number and make and model of the thieves said it was “three Hispanic males” who stole the dogs (plural – there were two) from the truck. One of the dogs has been located and returned to the rightful owner.

IMHO there is no punishment heavy enough for these wasters of oxygen. I say, eye for an eye might satisfy some or most of the over 10,000 who are calling for revenge.

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time January 5, 2010 at 9:49 pm

They always say that people who abuse or molest children don’t fare too well in prison. Could the same be happening with people who abuse dogs? It’s an interesting thought–an act so cruel that even the other jail inmates can’t stomach it.

Comment from kristina romrro
Time December 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm