Court Appeal Keeps Vet's Dog Dutch Alive
by William Woody
Feb 27, 2013 | 1304 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

MONTROSE — The attorney for Jeremiah Aguilar, the U.S. Army Veteran whose dog Dutch was sentenced to euthanasia Feb. 14 for attacking a Montrose woman last November, has mailed in a formal appeal to the Montrose Municipal Court, according records requested by The Watch on Wednesday.

Aguilar’s appeal arrived Tuesday, according to the Montrose municipal clerk, and a hearing has been set for April 11, at 2 p.m. Aguilar must show cause to the court, where he is now in violation for not handing Dutch over to Montrose Animal Control officers as he was ordered to do by Judge Richard Brown on Feb. 14.

Dutch's appeal is now with the Montrose County District Attorney's Office.

According to city reports and testimony regarding the biting incident, Montrose Animal Control officers were notified by Montrose Memorial Hospital staff that the fiancé of Jeremiah Aguilar's brother was being treated for "deep bite wounds to her buttock, thigh and hand" – bites that severed an artery and caused a compound fracture to her middle finger of her right hand.

At a hearing on Feb. 14, Aguilar said Dutch was provoked and acted in self-defense. The victim, still wearing a medical brace on her hand, said she remains traumatized from the attack, and is terrified that her name remains the source of repeated threats on the Internet.

Pleas to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper for a pardon, along with a petition to the White House for intervention, grew out of a massive internet following of events in the case, on a site where Dutch is described as a service dog.

"He was never a service dog," Brown said, adding, "Dutch was the aggressor."

A spokesperson for Gov. Hickenlooper's office said, "These types of issues are generally best handled at the local level."

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