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More than 100,000 demand justice for Buddy

The Denver Post reports that more than 100,000 signatures have been gathered on petitions urging the maximum sentence for the man who is charged with dragging a dog to death at Colorado National Monument.

Gary Sherman said the petitions, signed by animal lovers from the United States and 111 other countries, will be delivered to the courthouse in Grand Junction this week.

The signatures were gathered through a Facebook page called “Demand Justice for Buddy.”

Buddy, a German shepherd mix, was dragged by his neck behind a pick-up truck on Dec. 30. Steven Romero, 37, of Fruita, has been charged with the dog’s killing.

Sherman, of Colorado Springs, plans to deliver the petitions to prosecutors Wednesday before Romero’s scheduled 4 p.m. arraignment hearing in federal court on a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals. The petitions urge that, if convicted, he receive the maximum penalty of three years in a federal prison, a $100,000 fine and one year of probation.

His sister, Melissa Lockhart, is accused of stealing Buddy and another dog. She faces animal-cruelty, felony theft and false-reporting charges and is in jail.

Since the Facebook page was created days after Buddy’s death, 212,029 animal enthusiasts have become members of the site.

(For our previous posts on Buddy, click here.)


Comment from Michael
Time January 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I feel very sorry for the dog too, but I feel way more sorry for the children of Colorado that get treated like this dog every day, and no one speaks up for them.

Comment from Kiko
Time January 27, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Michael, no one doubts that children are abused everyday, although I’ve never heard of one being dragged behind a truck. Expressing compassion for an abused animal in no way takes away from feeling compassion for children. Please stop contributing to the idea that animal lovers are somehow haters of people. Are YOU speaking up for children in these kinds of situations? And besides, this is a dog oriented site, so what did you expect to find posted here?