Disabled Military Veteran Fights to Keep His Service Dog Alive

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Jeremy Aguilar DutchIf your dog bites someone, what do you do? Put them down immediately or fight for their life? What if you knew your beloved pup, a service dog no less, was being beaten when he turned the teeth on his attacker?

Iraqi war veteran Jeremy Aguilar claims that's why he's fighting to keep his 4-year-old dog, Dutch, from court-ordered euthanasia. According to Dog Heirs and a host of other animal sites, Dutch has been accused of biting a woman who admitted to animal control officers that she was beating him at the time of the alleged attack. But his owners say that hasn't swayed a judge who says the registered service dog and certified AKC Canine Good Citizen needs to be put down.

It's a tough call. As a dog owner, the last thing I want in my house is a vicious dog. Our pets are part of our family, and we shouldn't be scared of members of our family. Especially not when you have kids.

The dog can attack my daughter's toys if she leaves them out, but if he comes anywhere near my daughter, you know which one is gone!

Then again, it's hard not to be moved by the Aguilar story -- especially not when you look at pictures of his little boy lying on the dog. He hardly looks vicious. And a dog shouldn't be beaten. Period!

Aguilar says he is putting up the fight of his life to keep Dutch alive. And that's saying something. After all, the retired Army veteran fought in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and his Oklahoma National Guard unit was among the first to respond to Hurricane Katrina. He knows from tough battles, and he's going at this one fully armed.

There's already a Save Dutch petition online, and a Save Dutch Facebook page. Aguilar says he'll even put Dutch through a special rehabilitation program to satisfy the judge that he's not a danger.

So how about you?

What would you do in their situation? Would you fight to save your dog or would you agree to have them put down?


Image via Save Dutch Facebook

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NatAndCo NatAndCo

So the dog defended itself when it was being beaten by some woman, and they want to kill him because of it? Fight.

mande... manderspanders

Why isn't the woman who ADMITTED TO BEATING this dog being charged with animal cruelty?

I have to question why you even wrote about this situation in the manner you did... the dog isn't vicious, it was protecting itself. The woman deserved to be bitten if she was going to beat a dog. Duh.

Stink... Stinkydog

If he's a certified therapy dog, he's already gone through tons of training! The judge needs to have his/her head examined. I would say MOST dogs would probably have some sort of defensive action when being beaten with a metal pole. Ridiculous. 

mande... manderspanders

I also find it interesting, Jeanne, that you CONVENIENTLY leave out the part in the original article... this dog didn't merely bite after being hit by the woman it was  "After being punched, kicked, and hit with a metal pole for several minutes, Dutch bit his attacker..."

From the article ""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. "

nonmember avatar Tonya

In reading about this elsewhere, it appears that this story may not be true...

LostS... LostSoul88

Wow if in fact that woman was hitting the dog first and he bite her, she deserved it. She should be the one put down for attacking a animal for no reason.

handy... handy0318

I'm holding back on this one... I'm going to wait to see if any hard news agencies pick up the story.  It seems more than a little unbelievable and when something is unbelievable, it usually (albeit not always) is because it's not true.

I just find it odd that this story is all over the blogosphere (with convenient links to paypal) but not one local news agency, tv, radio or print, seems to know of the story.  Perhaps they'll pick it up and give a few more of the missing facts...like why the dog beater isn't being charged.

nonmember avatar Ron Lefarge

For those doubting the validity of this report, I found this quote on another page referencing the case, "There have been several calls to animal control and other city offices in Montrose to verify that this is indeed a real case and have all been met with an affirmative answer. On Monday, you will be able to see this case on the city's municipal court's docket set for 2/14."
I'm not saying this is fact, as I haven't spoken to anyone personally, just putting this out there. If you want to contact the city of Montrose Animal Control dept. here is the number: (970) 240-1487

nonmember avatar Ron Lefarge

And the city of Montrose just posted their Municipal Court docket for 2/14/2013. This case is set for 10:30 am of that day. Docket here: http://www.cityofmontrose.org/DocumentCenter/View/28009

Flori... Floridamom96

Excellent points, handy. As the happy mommy of an AmStaff, I am a proud and staunch defender of breeds that look scary and are routinely mistreated and misunderstood by humans. However, thanks to your tips, I searched for more information and find myself also leery of the veracity of this story.

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