There is a pic of the dog at the link, I won't post it here as obviously it is very upsetting
Authorities have arrested and charged Steven Clay Romero for dragging to death a dog near the Colorado National Monument.
The dog, a German shepherd mix named "Buddy," was allegedly forced by Romero to run roughly 3 miles up steep terrain before collapsing, as mentioned on dscriber last week.
The dog's carcass was discovered by officials with a rope around its neck on a snowy road.
Romero, of Fruita, was arrested over the New Year's weekend in Grand Junction, and now faces charges of aggravated cruelty towards animals.
Meanwhile, "Demand Justice for Buddy," is circulating an online petition calling for a maximum sentence: "We the undersigned urge the court in Denver, Colorado to give Steven Clay Romero, the man charged in the dragging death on December 30, 2009 of a German Shepherd named Buddy behind his truck for three miles the maximum penalty of three years in federal prison, $100,000 fine and one year probation for this horrific crime. Do not let this crime go unpunished for the horrible death of an innocent dog. Given Mr. Romero's past criminal record, we feel he is a menace to society and this dragging death is only the beginning of what could lead to future unimaginable and tragic consequences."
Marylou Randour, a staff psychologist for the Humane Society of the United States, said on Facebook that the act was that of "someone who has no compassion or empathy for any living creatures." She added, "He may not have been angry at all. He may have done it for kicks -- to torture an animal in an elaborate and detailed way."
Randour, who has studied animal abusers for years, said a recent study of 43,000 people found that those with drug problems and mental-health problems are most likely to engage in animal cruelty.
Animal lovers rally for 'justice' for dog that was dragged to death | dscriber