Supporters rally in honor of dog that was dragged to death

4:02 PM, Dec 30, 2010   |    comments
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A year ago, Buddy was stolen and dragged to death behind a truck near Grand Junction.

Many of those who remember Buddy have been advocates for change. Thursday, they marched at the State Capitol to bring new attention to animal abuse.

Advocate Jennifer Ballard says it is important to give a voice to these animals.

"We want to try to get the word out to people that it is important to report," Ballard said. "If you suspect any animal neglect, animal cruelty or animal abuse: report, report, report."

Steven Romero, 38, was sentenced to 36 months in prison for killing the dog last July.

Police say he stole the dog from a Delta family, tied it his truck and dragged it while driving through the Colorado National Monument. Buddy's body was found the following day along the road.

Romero's sister, Melissa Lockhart, received a year and one day in federal prison for being an accessory in the crime.

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