Man plans to plead guilty in Colo. dog dragging death
DENVER – A man accused of dragging a stolen dog to its death in Colorado National Monument is planning to plead guilty to a federal charge of aggravated animal cruelty.
Steven Romero’s attorneys last month filed documents in U.S. District Court advising a judge of Romero’s intent to plead guilty. He’s scheduled to enter his plea in Denver Thursday afternoon.
Buddy, a German shepherd mix, was found dead Dec. 30 at the monument. Romero is accused of placing a rope around Buddy’s neck and driving until the dog died.
Prosecutors say Romero dragged the dog to its death and that his sister stole the pup and told him to “get rid” of it.
Romero’s sister, Melissa Lockhart, faces a felony charge for lying to investigators.