100,000 seek harsh punishment for dog dragging death near Grand Junction
January 24, 2010
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition calling for harsh punishment for a man accused of dragging a dog to death, the creator of a Facebook page called “Demand Justice for Buddy” said.
Thirty-seven-year-old Steven Clay Romero, faces a federal animal cruelty charge after Buddy, a German shepherd mix, was found dead Dec. 30 in Colorado National Monument. His sister, 32-year-old Melissa Lockhart of Fruita faces felony theft charges for allegedly stealing the dog and telling Romero to get rid of him.
Gary Sherman, creator of the Facebook page, said more than 212,000 people across the United States and 111 other countries have joined his page, with about half signing the petition. Romero could face up to three years in a federal prison.