Rangers arrested 37-year-old Steven Clay Romero on Thursday at the Mesa County courthouse. Federal prosecutors have charged him with animal cruelty, a felony.
The arrest came a day after a German Shepherd-Blue Heeler mix was found with a rope around its neck along Rim Rock Drive, the main road through the park in western Colorado.
Rangers say the dog, named Buddy, was stolen by others from Delta. They say Romero tied the dog to his truck and dragged him for 2 miles up the steep and winding road.
Rangers say tips they got through a hotline helped lead them to Romero. He appeared in court on unrelated charges and was arrested as he left the courtroom.
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