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Buddy’s owners: “He was our family member”

Buddy, the dog dragged for miles through Colorado National Monument, was a rescued dog, adopted from an animal shelter 4 1/2 years ago by a family in Delta.

Joe and Sacha Leber would take Buddy and their other dog Max with them almost everywhere they went, according to television station KJCT in Grand Junction.

Last week, the two dogs waited in the back of the family pickup truck while the Lebers ate brunch at C and J’s Cafe in Delta. When they came out, both dogs were gone.

“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.” That woman had written the license plate number down, which the Lebers provided to police.

“He was more than a dog to us, he was our friend, he was our family member,” Sacha said.

The day after he was taken, Buddy was dragged behind a pick-up truck by a rope for more than two miles, and his lifeless body left in the snow. Steven Clay Romero has been charged with killing the dog, and his sister has been charged with taking part in stealing it.

The Leber’s second dog, Max, has since been returned to the family.

As of Tuesday night, an online petition calling for Romero, if convicted, to receive the maximum three-year sentence, had been signed by more than 20,000 people.

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


Comment from sea shepard
Time January 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Kill him nothing less

Comment from Geraldine Lynch
Time January 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I live in England and heard about the fate of Buddy through facebook. I have signed the petition asking for the maximum sentence possible to be handed to Steven Clay Romero which in my opinion is not long enough. There needs to be a message sent to all those that think they can inflict such cruelty on animals and get away with it. My thoughts go out to Buddys family at this time

Comment from The Flynn Famil
Time February 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm

We live in France and really hope that justice is found to be done for Buddy. Thoughts with his family and hope to hear Romero has got what he deserves!