Within the past 24 hours, the story about a dog named “Dutch,” and his owner, Jeremy Aguilar, a disabled Army veteran who is fighting to save his life, has gone viral on the internet.
Dutch is a a 4-year-old American Allaunt who has been declared vicious by the City of Montrose, Colo., following his attack on a woman last November.
According to Dog Heirs, the woman on the receiving end of Dutch’s attack admits to beating the dog repeatedly with her fists and a metal pole.
Following the beating, the dog attacked the woman and since that time, has been sentenced to death.
The gaping hole in the original story was the why.
Why was the woman, reported to be Dutch’s prior owner, beating the dog?
Why was that woman not arrested for animal cruelty after admitting that she beat the dog so severely?
Those questions were answered on Friday by the Montrose Police Department and Montrose Animal Control. According to officials, the woman was beating the dog to break up a dog fight.
The woman has stated that Dutch was the aggressor.
She alleges that the pole was utilized only after the dogs failed to stop fighting.
After the dogs were finally separated, the woman claims that she dragged Dutch back into her house and she states that she was bitten in the leg while she was trying to clean the blood off of him.
The woman stated that the bite was to her bone. She claims that she tried to retreat to a room when she tripped and was bitten again, this time on the buttocks, again, claiming that the bite was to the bone.
While attempting to pry Dutch’s mouth off, the dog bit again, this time severing an artery in the woman’s finger, and causing a compound fracture.
The woman claims to have retreated to a room and closed the door and told the authorities that Dutch continued to slam his body against the door in an attempt to gain entry.
Though the initial story in Dog Heirs implied that the wounds were minor and did not even require stitches, the authorities have stated that the woman required $24,000 in medical treatment for her injuries.
Dutch’s owners have enlisted the help of a retired dog trainer to evaluate his behavior following the attack.
According to the trainer, Carrie Williams, after a 3-day evaluation, she believes that he is a “sweetheart,” and she stated:
“I truly believe this dog would not bite anyone unless he was provoked and felt like he was defending his life. Dutch was a joy to work with and a wonderful service dog with a great temperament.”
A Facebook page, “Save Dutch,” has been created to help support the family in their fight to save the dog, and a petition has been established as well. Right now, over 57,000 people have signed the petition in an effort to spare Dutch’s life.
Those hoping to see the order for destruction overturned believe that the circumstances surrounding the attack need to be taken into account.
Without a doubt, a dog who had just been involved in a serious dog fight, as well as on the receiving end of a beating, would be highly agitated and possibly, much more likely to bite.
The next court date to help determine Dutch’s fate is February 14, 2013.
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