Dangerous dog now in custody; trial next

Dutch, the prodigal mastiff, will be the subject of a trial in Montrose County Court after he was turned over to authorities Monday.

Jeremiah Aguilar and his attorney, Brandon Luna, surrendered Dutch to Montrose animal control, clearing the decks for Aguilar to appeal a municipal court order that Dutch be euthanized as a dangerous dog and that his owner be jailed.

“Once everything was made clear” about each of the cases involving Dutch, one in municipal court and the appeal to county court, Aguilar agreed to bring Dutch to Montrose, Luna said.

Aguilar is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Afghanistan. He said his symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are eased by Dutch.

Dutch was ruled a dangerous dog because of his attack on a former owner, who pulled him away from a fight with a pit bull in November.

Once she took Dutch inside her house, he attacked her as she was cleaning blood from Dutch’s muzzle. The dog bit the woman’s thigh to the bone, shattered one of her fingers and inflicted injuries that required treatment costing nearly $30,000.

Montrose Municipal Judge Richard Brown ordered Aguilar in February to surrender Dutch for euthanasia, but later ordered that Dutch could be placed in an appropriate sanctuary instead.

He also sentenced Aguilar to two days in jail because of his lack of remorse for Dutch’s attack on the woman.

A trial date is to be set at a hearing Friday in county court.


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