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January 6, 2010
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Cops: Dog dragging suspect told to 'get rid' of pup

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A woman accused of stealing a dog that was tortured and killed last week allegedly told her brother to "get rid" of the German shepherd mix.

That's according to an affidavit in the theft arrest of 32-year-old Melissa Lockhart. Her brother, 37-year-old Steven Romero, is accused of dragging the dog named Buddy to his death in Colorado National Monument last week.

Romero faces animal cruelty charges and is being held on bond. Lockhart is free on bond and faces felony theft and false reporting charges.

According to Lockhart's arrest affidavit, Lockhart stole two dogs last week and then brought Buddy to Romero's house and asked him to "get rid of the dog."

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The Sky-Hi News Updated Jan 6, 2010 06:35PM Published Jan 6, 2010 06:34PM Copyright 2010 The Sky-Hi News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.