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Jeremiah Aguilar, Army vet, named in warrant for refusing to let service dog be put to death

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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.

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.

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Jeremiah Aguilar and Dutch.
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."

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.

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.

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.

Continue for more about Dutch and the arrest warrant for Jeremiah Aguilar, including additional photos.


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37 comments
nobeer3356
nobeer3356

Well, if she had been carrying a gun as is her legal right, there would not be an issue here.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I can stash your dog for you as long as needed !

Tell the cops he ran away .....

crazydoglady
crazydoglady

WHERE IS THE ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGE TO THAT BIATCH???

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

If his dog is MURDERED by the 'Authorities' & he loses it & starts taking out law enforcement, GUESS who receives my %100 support and sympathies ?

Hint : The one who DIDN'T have to show proof of his G.E.D. before hiring ......

Shaunette Terrell
Shaunette Terrell

that bitch got what she deserved. that dog got sick of getting punched an kicked an hit with a metal pole. the dog deserves to live. she deserves every bite she got from Dutch! poor dog.

Tom Freed
Tom Freed

I have a Mac so I read it but to the GUYS AT WESTWORD: Just so you know all of your links have been coming up with these reports of "a site that may harm your computer"

Jennie Bachelor
Jennie Bachelor

I would have done the same. It sounds like the former owner provoked the dog.

Kendra Johnson
Kendra Johnson

I've love to read the article, but my internet security is saying "Security Risk" :(

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Ever since that poor lesbian was mauled to death in San Fran, laws pertaining to dogs have gotten totally screwy !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I have a Rottie as my service dog . I often get nervous looks and reactions from people who don't know 'Clyde' . He goes to Rockies games, grocery shopping, some dinner dates, ect .... EVERYWHERE !!!

His perfect behavior can be attributed to the amount of time spent together . Rarely are we seen apart . He's NEVER shown any true, mean, or aggressive behavior, nor do I expect he ever will ....

wrobert.weller
wrobert.weller

From my very, very personal experience with a pit bull, who also was my service dog, I do not blame the dog. I was suffering from PTSD and gave off vibes that scared the dog. The only reason I could keep him in Denver was that he was a service dog. After the last incident we made some arrangements I cannot disclose. Let me make clear, the dog did not bite my face.

wrobert.weller
wrobert.weller

From my very, very personal experience with a pit bull I have to believe the former owner is at least partially responsible. If the new owner will keep it controlled why put it down?

wrobert.weller
wrobert.weller

I think the problem is more than too many guns. Something is going on in the this country. I have some ideas but hesitate to repeat them because they might be wrong and would certainly piss some important people off.

wrobert.weller
wrobert.weller

The boys in blue are a law unto themselves. Mayor Webb tried very hard to control them but failed.

Zach Sheesh
Zach Sheesh

Yeah Malware warning from Goog'zilla.

Kendra Wiig
Kendra Wiig

It's not just Facebook. I'm getting a Malware message when accessing the homepage directly. Incidentally, I've been trying to figure out a similar error on my Wordpress for the last couple hours. Is the internet busted?

Joktan Rogel
Joktan Rogel

Amelia, don't be ignorant. Westword isn't linking you to any apps. Facebook is mistakenly flagging the Westword blog as a malicious site.

Angie224
Angie224

If  you punched me in the face and beat me over the head with a metal pole I would probably take a bite out of your ass as well!

Amelia Ebert
Amelia Ebert

I would like to be linked to the westword website like usual. No apps please,

Annie Beechum
Annie Beechum

This si what I am getting when I click on the link: "Security Alert The link you are trying to visit has been classified as potentially abusive by a Facebook partner. Learn more about keeping your account secure. Trend Micro: This website was classified as abusive This warning is provided in collaboration with Trend Micro. Learn more"

Jackie White
Jackie White

I am getting Malware warnings when i try to read anything on your site....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Sounds like this dog has a future career with the Denver Police Department ...

wrobert.weller
wrobert.weller

sorry due to cyber antics there two comments when there was onlu supposed to be one.

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