Colorado

Jan 26, 2010 11:03 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Facebook page generates awareness for dead dog

Buddy, a German shepherd mix, has two Facebook pages created in his honor, and the outpouring of support for this dog has taken off online.

Buddy was found dead December 30 at Colorado National Monument on the Western Slope.  He was dragged to death. Steven Romero is accused of putting a rope around the dog's neck and driving until the dog died.  His sister, Melissa Lockhart, is accused of lying to investigators.  Both face felony charges in the case.

"Demand Justice for Buddy" (220,000 members) and "Tell 'Em Buddy Sent You" (8,170 members) are the creation of a group of people who say they were saddened and disgusted by how Buddy died.

"Buddy did nothing.  He did nothing," says Gary Sherman, one of the site's administrators and animal advocate. "People care.  It may be just one dog, and we here in the U.S. euthanize way too many dogs, but this dog was dragged to his death.

One facebook page encourages people to sign an online petition, asking for the maximum penalty in this federal case.  The other encourage people to act on Buddy's behalf and do something positive for the animal community.

"One person said after they read about Buddy that they went to the shelter and adopted a three-legged dog, and they posted the picture of the dog with his neck resting on their other dog's neck, and they were asleep," says Sherman.  "It's been awe inspiring."

Sherman plans to give the petition with its more than 100,000 online signatures to the prosecuting U.S. Attorney Wednesday afternoon in Grand Junction, and several people are planning to stage a rally in support of Buddy and against animal cruelty. 

Sherman says he hopes these sites entice people to call their local lawmakers and create tougher penalties for animal cruelty across the U.S.

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