Dragged to Death Behind a Truck: Demand Justice for Buddy

Sometimes the story begins at the end. Sadly for Buddy, a German Shepherd mix, this is one of those times. His story ended early last Wednesday morning when his body was found at the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction.

After being tied to a truck, track marks in the snow tell the story of Buddy’s last moments. First he walked. Then he ran. When he collapsed, his body was dragged then dumped.

Joan Anzelmo, superintendent of the monument, told The Denver Post that Buddy was “forced to run up one of the steepest hills at the monument. During the 3 miles, the dog had to run on about 2 inches of snow, around multiple switchbacks and sharp curves that gained more than 1,000 feet in elevation before the animal collapsed and died.”

To make the story even more heartbreaking, Buddy was stolen from the back of Joe and Sasha Leber’s truck, along with their other dog Max, while they were eating brunch in a café. While Max was returned safely, Buddy was clearly not so fortunate.

“We looked in the back of our truck, because it’s pretty unusual for them not to be there. We start calling for them, then a lady comes out,” Joe said. “She asked if that truck was ours, we told her yeah. She said three Hispanic males stole our dogs out of the back of the truck.”

Tips lead to the arrest of 37 year-old Steven Clay Romero, who was picked up outside of a courthouse while there dealing with unrelated charges. Video surveillance from the monument confirms him driving in with Buddy and out without him. A police search of Romero’s home also turned up rope that matched what was tied around Buddy’s neck. 

Romero’s sister, 32 year-old Melissa Lockhart, is now facing felony theft charges for stealing Buddy.

Please take a minute to sign the petition asking that Romero receive the maximum sentence of three years in federal prison, and up to a $100,000 fine, and one year of mandatory parole for this insidiously cruel and senseless crime. 

Baltimore Sun


Shil O.
Shil O.2 years ago

The perpetrators have earned the right to a slow death in exactly the same manner

Elisabetta Lelli
Elisabetta Lelli2 years ago

Devil has always a human face!

Sandra K Walker
Sandra K. Walker2 years ago

I have seen some pictures this morning that turns my stomach so bad I have to look away when I read are sigh a Peterion.I could put my hands around this person neck and screes so hard that I hope the EVIL person are I'm sure it was more that one person. passes out.

Parents This Is a Wake Up Call !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alexandra Ekdahl
Alexandra Ekdahl2 years ago

just sad..

Catrin K.

The person responsible for this needs to be held accountable and not with a little slap on the wrist , animal abuse must be punished severly .

Ivana Brekalo
Ivana Brekalo2 years ago

Poor Buddy RIP

BEV C.2 years ago


Elise Swansborough

Oh my dear gods and goddesses..is there no endvtomthe depravity some humans are capable of? This seems to be an old story, anyone know what the outcome was?
Unless I'm mistaken animal cruelty is now a felony in all US states isn't it?
Though no it a full pacifist Imam very anti violence..but as as I have said many times before: give me a baseball bat please and 5 minutes alone with these 2 despicable people.
Poor Buddy, running free and happy now. Oh hell, now I'm crying.

Gene Sengstake
Gene Sengstake2 years ago

This incident "demands justice" - but like so many others - it probably isn't going to happen. Three years and $100,000 would not be a fitting punishment anyway - if you know what I mean - - -

Nadine Selvage
Nadine Selvage2 years ago

horrid just horrid.x so sad..words cannot express