Jeremiah Aguilar, Army vet, surrenders but doesn't turn in service dog marked for death

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Last month, we told you about Jeremiah Aguilar, an Army vet with post traumatic stress disorder who defied a judge's order to euthanize his service dog, Dutch, after the animal allegedly attacked and badly injured a temporary caretaker.

Now, Aguilar has surrendered to authorities.

However, he refuses to divulge Dutch's whereabouts amid continuing attempts to save the dog's life via legal means and a vigorous online campaign.

As we've reported, 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 Jeremiah Aguilar's surrender, including additional photos.


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RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Municipal Clown Richard Brown is an idiot, one of many incompetents administering Colorado's defective system of municipal courts.

verdon2
verdon2

Good for this guy!!!! Wheres the loyalty to this dog?!?! How can you beat this animal and expect it not to retaliate?!?!

The dog abuser should be euthanized...... make this world a much, MUCH better place!!!!

ironman
ironman

None the less the owner wants to be a bad ass and abuse the dog. And when the dog wants to defend its self. People want to put the dog down. So when people start acting like a bunch of wild animals then we should put them down to.  Oh by the way anyone with brains knows not to between to dogs while they are fighting.

Kaapuni
Kaapuni

it is amazing how ignorrant people can be. if anyone really followed this story, they would side with jeremy and dutch. i think its ridic that people are saying that dutch should be euthanized. i support euthanizing that vicious woman who beat dutch to the point that he bit her. if you go through all the case study, you will see how severly she beat him and how he barely even bit her. get your facts straight, before you welcome taking the life of an innocent family member.

Arrianya
Arrianya

What I find funny about this... Is that there have been PLENTY of stories that have made it perfectly clear that Mr. Agulair has LIED!  Including about the dog being a Service Dog.  The dog was not claimed as such until AFTER the dog visciously attacked the woman.   Provoked or not the dog has been deemed as dangerous.  It is NOT and CANNOT be a Service Dog.  The bite record alone is more than enough to prove the dog cannot be.  

Furthermore, I find it even more hillarious that a lot of you here seem to think its ok to bash on people who see the dog as dangerious and try to give you the truth.  Maybe you need to be reading more of whats going on not drinking the cool aid that this lying dog owner has given you that has gotten a poor victim death threats...

Final point, I would find it hillarous if a judge ruled that every single person who offered to "hide" this dangerous dog was to be found and fined for aiding in criminal activities and obstruction of justice.  Good day

KirstenRichards
KirstenRichards

The woman hit this dog trying to get it to let go of her own dog when it attacked her dog.  I'd fight to the death to defend my dog too.  It's not self-defense when you attack first and then go after the rescuer.  Note that the injuries to the dog's face occurred during the THIRD attack, when he went after the two men who were there to rescue the woman.  She hit him with her bare hands and what amounted to a flimsy pole an average person could easily bend in their bare hands (from a cheap tiki torch).  The men used pieces of broken furniture, furniture the dog destroyed while trying to get through a locked door at the woman.  All of this came out in the trial.

Let's get the service dog issue straightened out.  At no time prior to the attack did Aguilar ever try to claim this dog was a service dog or that he needed a service dog.  After the attack, he decided he needed to come up with a defense and figured that purchasing a fake service dog registration over the internet was just the ticket.  Though real service dogs typically receive 18-24 months of extensive training, his dog received just two months in a do-it-yourself project with no prior experience training working dogs.

Jason Sherry
Jason Sherry

David: Should we put down people who fight back when attacked? Without more details it seems to me the dog was defending himself.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I'd help hide the dog myself ! If law enforcement came after 'my' Clyde, may as well as have the coroner along for the ride . Over my dead body would I allow ANYONE to harm my boy !

Angie Russell
Angie Russell

This is such a sad story. I've been following it for months. The lady provokoed him. Period!

Shannon Fender
Shannon Fender

Sounds like the dog was provoked. There is a special place in hell for people that abuse animals.

CloudGang
CloudGang

It seems, these days, that the provoked are held accountable for ignoring the provokers feelings.....even dogs must obey.

Then again Officers kill for far less.

I think Dutch should have killed her in self defense. In my opinion.

James Herrick
James Herrick

"I started punching him in the face and kept punching him until my hands hurt so bad I couldn't hit him anymore" - based on this quote alone can we put the former owner to death instead?

celestialshorty
celestialshorty

@Arrianya  you must be a moron... after she beat the dog ,im sorry he didnt RIP HER GODDAM THROAT OUT!.  Learn to read. he was defending himself!!

"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.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Arrianya  

You are correct on 'breed discrimination' . I'm missing a leg and legally blind & went through some issues w/ my dog Clyde, because he is a Rottie . ROTTS DON'T BITE !!! There are 20 times the amount of poodle bites REPORTED, EVERY YEAR ! 

I do agree there are several breeds that require EXTRA socialization as a puppy w/ other dogs . Another word of advice, DON'T play rough w/ a puppy who will eventually grow as big, or bigger than yourself . Do NOT encourage even 'play biting' . Tug toys are the best !

Clyde is my 5th Rott & he nailed a cpl recently, so I do have pups available to APPROVED homes !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@David Kotzebue  Do us ALL a favor and put yourself 'down' !........

verdon2
verdon2

@Shannon Fender I AGREE!!!! Their asses will fry with pedophiles & murderers!!!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@CloudGang  

I agree except for the last sentence . Severely mauled, maybe .....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@CloudGang ... if Dutch had been a Police K9, the caregiver who beat him would have been facing criminal charges --

Wiki -- In many jurisdictions the intentional injuring or killing of a police dog is a felony,[1] subjecting the perpetrator to harsher penalties than those in the statutes embodied in local animal cruelty laws, just as an assault on a human police officer is often a more serious offense than the same assault on a non-officer. A growing number of law-enforcement organizations outfit dogs with ballistic vests, and some make the dogs sworn officers, with their own police badges and IDs. Furthermore, a police dog killed in the line of duty is often given a full police funeral

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@James Herrick  ... don't you reckon there's enough killin' in this world?

CloudGang
CloudGang

Indeed! Makes me wonder if any police k9 officers have ever undergone some type of sexual deviant animal abuse evaluation to be sure the officers are not engaging in any abuse to the k9.....being we know a majority of officers are at least psychotic.The da,the judge and the police officers involved in ordering Jeremiah Aguilar to obey should all be arrested for being punk bitches.

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