Beaten Service Dog Faces Execution

UPDATE (2/20/2013): Dutch has unfortunately been sentenced to death. His current owner, Jeremy Aguilar, will face a $500 fine and 2 days in jail. However, Aguilar is planning an appeal, so there’s still time to sign his petition.


A beloved family pet and service dog named Dutch faces execution for allegedly attacking and injuring a woman after she beat him with her hands and a metal pole.

Dutch is a four-year-old, 107-pound American Allaunt. He is a service dog for Jeremy Aguilar, a disabled Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and was among the first to come from outside Louisiana to help after Hurricane Katrina.

Dutch’s plight is dire. His sentencing in Montrose, Colorado is scheduled for Thursday, February 14th, and the court has asked the Aguilars to hand him over to animal control before then. If they don’t, they will have to surrender Dutch to authorities on Thursday.

According to DogHeirs:

Jeremy and Heather [Aguiar] offered to send Dutch through a rehabilitation program, agreeing to the judge that if the evaluator considered Dutch aggressive, that they would surrender him. The Aguilars say that the judge told them that would only be allowed if Dutch’s former owner would agree to it.

She refused.

Jeremy Aguilar faces up to a year in jail, and the Aguilars may also have to pay a fine of up to $1,000 and to pay restitution to Dutch’s former owner.

Dutch, service dog to disabled veteran Jeremy Aguilar

The Confrontation — The Former Owner’s Version

The Aguilars left Dutch with his former owner while they were out of town. The former owner admits that she beat Dutch, but claims that she was only trying to separate him from her family’s pit bull. She says Dutch attacked her dog and that she used violence against Dutch to try to end the dogfight.

According to the Montrose Daily Press, after attacking Dutch she dragged him into her house by the collar. She was cleaning the blood off of him when he bit her thigh. She claims that the bite went through to the bone. The former owner says that when she turned to get away she fell and Dutch bit her buttocks, again to the bone, and then bit her finger, breaking bones and severing an artery.

The City of Montrose decided to prosecute the case based on “physical evidence, and testimony of the victim and other witnesses.”

The Aguilars’ Case

After she was bitten, the former owner claims that she went to her bedroom, closed the door, and called for help. But she didn’t call the police or ambulance. She says she didn’t want to involve them “out of fear that the emergency responders would be attacked.” Instead, she called her fiance.

While she claims that she was bitten to the bone in two different places, she didn’t get any stitches.

Heather Aguilar says that Dutch’s former owner told her that she punched Dutch in the face until her hands hurt, then hit him with a metal pole. It is disputed whether she kicked Dutch as well.

Dutch’s former owner beat him with this metal pole.

Dutch’s Temperament

Dutch was trained and certified as a service dog after the incident. He also passed the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. AKC CGC evaluator Sandie Wyman said that Dutch is “anything but aggressive.” ”I am the CGC evaluator that tested this sweet dog,” Wyman stated. “He did pass with flying colors and even gave me a kiss afterwards. This means that he will receive a real title from AKC stating he can now visit elderly people at nursing homes. I believe this dog is anything but aggressive. I am a certified dog trainer and have also done behavior objectives on animals. Dutch is anything but aggressive.”

Another experienced dog evaluator, Carrie Williams, praised Dutch’s sweet temperament. She is “a highly recognized and experienced retired dog trainer and evaluator who has evaluated for organizations including Therapy Dogs International (TDI) and the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen Program (CGC).”

Williams said: “in my testing of dogs for TDI and the AKC and as a dog obedience instructor, I have dealt with a number of aggressive dogs. Dutch was not one of those dogs,” Carrie says. “Dutch is a sweetheart. In 26 years of training dogs, he is one of the nicest dogs I’ve ever come across. That is why I’m volunteering my time to try and save his life.”

After evaluating Dutch over three days, Williams said ”I truly believe this dog would not bite anyone unless he was provoked and felt like he was defending his life.” DogHeirs offers a detailed account of the tests Williams administered to test Dutch’s temperament. They seem likely to provoke even gentle dogs, but Dutch kept his cool.

The Aguilars took Dutch to a veterinarian after he was beaten. The vet’s report states that despite the pain he must have been suffering, Dutch “was extremely well-mannered and sweet in exam room. He did not require restraint during his exam, even when his abdomen, testicles and swollen face were palpated.”


Dutch with Jeremy Aguilar

If you believe that Dutch does not deserve to be killed for defending himself from a prolonged beating, please sign the Aguilars’ petition.


Related Stories:

The Love of a Good Dog: Service Dogs for PTSD

Norm’s Story — From Rescue to Service Dog

Pit Bull Service Dog Reunited With Disabled Vet


Photo credits: Dog Heirs. Dutch with a friend.


Past Member 3 years ago


Miriam O.

◕╰დ╮ THANK YOU for your time and for posting! ╭დ╯◕ :( :( :(

Pamela W.
Pamela W4 years ago

Check out the following link ........ this "update" is OBSOLETE !!!!
Dutch is ALIVE AND WELL !!!! ........ The REAL up-to-date story is a MUST READ and will really "make your day" (as it did mine, when I read it) ..............

Care2 .... this is totally unacceptable ..... upsetting members unnecessarily !!! You did the same thing with the story about Dexter the kitten and members were left "in suspense" (worrying about his health) for months after the poor baby had died - that is cruel and irresponsible !!! Providing a link to the original story (for those who want to know the background) would be the way to go in these cases !!!

stacey wallace
stacey wallace4 years ago

I couldn't help but notice "she was cleaning blood off him" that poor dog! I hope the authorities take a good look at her dogs for similar treatment. Honestly if I begin to comment on her attack on the dog I won't be able to be polite. So tragic!

Azaima A.
Azaima A4 years ago


Beth J.
Beth J4 years ago

Aw MAN! Why is this being posted again? This is SO obsolete -- everything's FINE now!
C'mon Care2, how about vetting at least some of your posts occasionally for accuracy and timeliness??

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R4 years ago

I'm so pleased to hear that Dutch is safe from the idiot and, instead, with her family. It makes me sick the way that so many are quick to blame the animals. The woman sounds like a real bitch!

Ken O.
Ken O4 years ago

The former owners pit bull bit her. She knew he would be put down so she had to blame Butch. The woman is nuts.

Julia Cabrera-Woscek

WOw, I wonder what happened... Today is Oct 25th 2013

Neill Abayon
Neill Abayon4 years ago

Thanks. :)