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Is 3-year sentence justice for Buddy?

040110_Buddy_the_dog_2_680x480Steven Clay Romero, the man who dragged a dog named Buddy to his death at the Colorado National Monument, received the maximum sentence of three years, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Romero, 38, of Grand Junction, will spend three years in federal prison, followed by 12 months of supervised parole for aggravated animal cruelty in the dog’s death Dec. 30, 2009, the Montrose Press reported.

He also was fined $500 and ordered to pay $343 in restitution to Buddy’s owners.

The dog, reported stolen from the back of a pickup truck in Delta, Colorado, was found with a rope tied around his neck at the monument. Surveillance photos and marks in the snow indicated Buddy had been dragged behind a pickup truck while still alive.

Romero’s sister, Melissa Lockhart, 32, is charged as an accessory after the fact to aggravated animal cruelty for allegedly attempting to cover up Buddy’s death. Conviction could bring up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

A theft complaint filed against her for stealing the dog was dismissed June 10, court records show.

The torture and killing of Buddy triggered a Facebook site, Demand Justice For Buddy, which as of Friday had 267,713 members.


Comment from Sam
Time August 1, 2010 at 9:13 am

That is outrageous! They tortured Buddy! They are sick and cruel, and all they get is a slap on the wrist. Poor Buddy.


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time August 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm

It’s not nearly enough, though the prison time is probably close to the legal maximum that can be imposed. They should have made the fine greater, though these people are obviously not very financially responsible.

I’m afraid it’s going to be this way until we revisit the whole dogs-as-property idea. We also need to factor in, somehow, that cruelty to animals is a lot more serious than the law provides for at this point.

Comment from Green Dog
Time August 3, 2010 at 7:11 am

It is sad that this guy will probably walk out of jail in 18 months. People like this should face a much greater penalty for their actions.

Comment from Chicago3
Time August 19, 2010 at 11:41 am

When this guy is wlkaing out of jail, I hope someone runs him over. He should be flattened like a pancake.

Comment from kristina romrro
Time December 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm

OK all u people need to SHUT THE F*** UP the is my dad YOUR TALKING BOUT ok so if u have anything say bout my father tell mi AND IF NOT SHUT THE F*** UP

Comment from sdh
Time March 31, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I look at the bright side he did not do this to human being.
Forgive him and move on.

Comment from sdh
Time March 31, 2013 at 7:08 pm

I don’t know why he did this but thank God he did not do this to a person.
I pray God will help this man and blessed because Jesus Christ loves him.
And Jesus Christ died for this man but Jesus Christ did not die for dogs.
That should tell people something.
Very sad this happened to the dog but thank God it wasn’t a human being.

Comment from NTT
Time February 15, 2015 at 12:26 am

Imagine the innocent trusting dog who had no idea what was happening when this scumbag put the rope around his neck; he walked then run trying to keep up then couldn’t so he’s dragged until he died. The sentence was a joke. Oxygen is being wasted on this scumbag.