Jeremiah Aguilar, Army vet, named in warrant for refusing to let service dog be put to death
An emotional case came to a head when an arrest warrant was issued yesterday for Jeremiah Aguilar, an Army veteran who's been living in Montrose.
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Aguilar's crime? He's refused to turn over his service dog, Dutch, for euthanization after the animal severely injured its previous owner.
Despite the injuries, many thousands of people have rallied to Dutch's cause via a social media campaign and a popularl petition. Details and photos below.
Last year, according to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Dutch, a four-year-old American Allaunt registered as a service dog, attacked his previous owner. The dog is said to have bitten the woman so severely on her back and legs that teeth struck bone. Her medical bills -- including treatment of a compound fracture to one finger -- are estimated at $28,000.
The spin on this story from Dutch's advocates is considerably different. An article on Dogheirs.com says Dutch lashed out only "after being punched, kicked, and hit with a metal pole for several minutes."
Jeremiah Aguilar and Dutch.
Here's the description of the incident from the piece:
On November 14, 2012, Jeremy and Heather left Dutch with his former owner in Montrose, Colorado, while they drove a family member to the airport.There's no mention on Dogheirs.com of what provoked the former owner to strike Dutch. But the site does feature a medical report on the dog; it states that Dutch's head was swollen and there was evidence of dried blood.
According to Heather, Dutch's former owner admitted to animal control officers and in court that she was beating Dutch before he bit her.
Heather says that Dutch's former owner said, "I started punching him in the face and kept punching him until my hands hurt so bad I couldn't hit him anymore," after which she grabbed a metal pole and used the pole to beat the service dog. She then pulled Dutch from her backyard into the house by his collar, and grabbed his mouth as soon as they got inside. Dutch then bit her. The woman was bitten on her leg and buttock and Dutch sustained injuries to his face and head.
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