Montrose judge issues warrant for dog’s owner

The owner of Dutch the dog is now in a bit of dutch himself.

Montrose Municipal Judge Richard Brown issued a bench warrant Thursday for Jeremiah Aguilar, the U.S. Army veteran who has said Dutch is a service dog that calms Aguilar’s symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Aguilar has refused to turn over Dutch to authorities for euthanasia, which was ordered in response to his attack on a former owner last year.

Aguilar was to have explained to Brown on Thursday why he had failed to surrender Dutch, Instead, Aguilar sent a note to the court explaining that he had turned Dutch over to a sanctuary in Oklahoma, Montrose City Attorney Stephen Alcorn said.

Interestingly, Alcorn said, the sanctuary is about two miles from his home in Oklahoma. Alcorn recently completed his move from Oklahoma to Montrose, and he said he’d ask his wife, who is still in Oklahoma, to “swing by” and check it out.

A quick check of an Internet site showed the address for Dutch’s new home to be on 13 acres—and for sale, Alcorn said.

Aguilar has a court date next month in Montrose County Court in which he is appealing Brown’s euthanasia order.

Brown also ordered Aguilar to serve two days in jail after finding that Aguilar had no remorse for the woman attacked by Dutch.

The woman suffered bite wounds to her back and legs so deep that some went to the bone.

She also suffered a compound fracture of a finger and has racked up at least $28,000 in medical bills as a result.


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