Dec 31, 2009 6:56 PM by Associated Press
A man has been arrested for allegedly dragging a dog to its death in Colorado National Monument.
The Park Service says rangers arrested 37-year-old Steven Clay Romero of Grand Junction on Thursday at the Mesa County courthouse.
An adult male German Shepherd-Blue Heeler mix was found early Wednesday morning with a rope around its neck along Rim Rock Drive, the main road through the park in western Colorado. Rangers say the dog was named Buddy and 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 the information they got through a tip line were key in leading them to Romero.
He appeared in court on unrelated charges on Thursday and was arrested as he left the courtroom.