This story comes from KKCO TV-11 in Grand Junction http://www.nbc11news.com/home/headlines/Montrose-officials-release-new-details-on-dog-attack-190564781.html and additional info comes from the Western Slope Watchdog http://westernslopewatchdog.com/2013/02/western-slope-media-round-up-for-february-9-2013/
Montrose City officials have released more detailed information about Dutch, a service dog accused of attacking a woman and sending her to the hospital. Authorities say on November 14, 2012, Montrose Animal Control officers were notified they were treating a female victim who had been attacked by a dog. The city reports Dutch, an American Allaunt canine, was being watched by the victim while his owner, Jeremy Aguilar, was out of town. The woman who was watching Dutch was his previous owner. The victim responded to an incident in her backyard when Dutch was fighting with a pit bull. She attempted to break up the fight.
Authorities say the victim struck Dutch with a tiki torch pole, and was able to pull him free. She then took Dutch inside her home to clean him up. That’s when authorities say Dutch attacked her, biting her several times before she was able to break free and hide in a room. The report says the victim did not call the police or ambulance because she feared Dutch would attack them, as he was still attempting to enter her room.
The Montrose city attorney’s office proceeded with the prosecution after reviewing the case. The dog’s owner, Jeremy Aguilar, was found guilty for violating the city’s vicious animals ordinance. They will be sentenced this Thursday, February 14th.
A petition to “Save Dutch,” a 107-pound American Allaunt therapy dog serving a Montrose veteran and which is facing court-ordered euthanasia, has gained thousands of signatures via the Internet. Dutch was “convicted” of being a vicious dog and sentenced to death following a November 2012 incident in which he was beaten by his former owner, who told Montrose animal control officers she used her fists, feet and a metal pole to break up a fight between Dutch and her family dog; Dutch bit the woman after being dragged by his collar into her home.
Dutch, age 4, belongs now to Jeremy Aguilar, a disabled Army veteran who had Dutch trained as a therapy dog after the November incident. Aguilar had left the dog with its former owner while driving a family member to the airport. Aguilar, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, says the dog showed no aggressive behavior before or after the incident. An American Kennel Club trainer, Carrie Williams, who calls Dutch a “sweetheart,” has volunteered time “to try and save his life.”
Aguilar has been ordered to turn Dutch over to Montrose Animal Control by Feb. 14, when the veteran must appear in court and learn if he will be sent to jail on vicious animal charges. He just wants his dog to live, although that could cost him a year of his life. (Montrose Daily Press/DogHeirs.com)