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Romero pleads guilty in dog’s dragging death

Steven Romero pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal charge of aggravated animal cruelty in connection with the death of Buddy, a stolen German shepherd mix who was dragged to his death behind a pickup truck in the Colorado National Monument.

While the charge carries a maximum sentence of up to three years in prison and a $100,000 fine, it was expected that prosecutors would offer a reduced sentence in exchange for his guilty plea.

Buddy was found dead on Dec. 30. Romero is accused of putting a rope around the dog’s neck and driving until the dog was dead.

Romero, 38, will remain in custody until his sentencing, scheduled for July 30, according to 9News.

“It’s a good day for animal lovers and I’m happy to see this happen. It was the right thing for him to do to accept responsibility,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Meyer said.

Prosecutors say Romero’s sister, 32-year-old Melissa Lockhart, stole the pup from a pickup truck in Fruita and told him to “get rid” of it. Lockhart faces a felony charge for lying to investigators. She will appear in court on May 10 in Grand Junction.

A Facebook page was created in the wake of Buddy’s death. It is called “Demand Justice for Buddy” and has more than 260,000 members around the world.


Comment from Richard
Time April 30, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Finally a good news.
I hope the sentence will be examplary.
What about tying a rope to the guy’s ankle and pull him behind a truck for the same distance he pulled the poor dog?

Comment from ellen
Time May 5, 2010 at 7:29 pm

there damn little years. is this how we are punish animal abusers while trying to stop these heinous acts of cruelty?
there is something fundamentally wrong with our justice system here.

Comment from blondie0606
Time May 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I would like to sit on a jury with Richard.