Target: The Courthouse of the City of Montrose, Colorado
Goal: To save a physically abused service dog from being wrongfully euthanized
Currently, a service dog named Dutch is in danger of being euthanized due to a court order claiming him to be a “vicious” dog. Dutch has been classified as a “vicious” dog because he bit his previous owner after she beat him. Action needs to be taken in order to save Dutch’s life.
The incident took place while Jeremy Aguilar, Dutch’s current owner, left Dutch with his previous owner in order to drive a family member to the airport. While under the watch of his previous owner, Dutch was punched, kicked, and hit with a metal pole for several minutes. The previous owner claims that she was breaking up a dog fight between Dutch and another dog and she was merely trying to get Dutch off of the other dog. Even if this is true, she did not have to inflict such abuse on Dutch in order to separate him from the other dog. Dutch’s attacker admitted to beating him and even said that she “started punching him in the face and kept punching him” until her hands began to hurt so bad that she could no longer hit him.
The veterinarian who evaluated Dutch’s wounds found that he received extensive trauma to the face; if his attacker was trying to “break up” a dog fight, he should have never sustained such severe injuries. The veterinarian also came to Dutch’s defense by describing his calm nature during the exam. Dutch was described as “well-mannered” and “sweet”; he didn’t need any type of restraint during his examination.
Other animal experts are also coming to Dutch’s defense. Animal behavior specialists have assessed his behavior and believe he is one of the nicest dogs they have ever seen. He is also an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen, a title that is only earned by dogs who have undergone a behavioral assessment.
Dutch’s former owner has pressed charges against him. The judge ruled Dutch as a “vicious” dog because Dutch bit his previous owner after he was beaten and not while he was beaten. The bite was considered a vicious attack because it was a separate circumstance from his beating. Because of this, there is now a court order for Dutch to be euthanized. Also, Jeremy must surrender Dutch or he can face a year in jail. Sign the petition below to urge the judge to reconsider giving Dutch the death sentence for defending himself.
Dear Courthouse of the City of Montrose,
It has come to my attention that there is pending case regarding Jeremy Aguilar and his service dog, Dutch. Dutch has been classified as a “vicious” dog because he bit his attacker after she beat him. His attacker claimed to have hit him in order to break up a dog fight between Dutch and another dog, but the injuries Dutch sustained were far too severe to have been caused by her “breaking up” a dog fight. Regardless of her intentions, this woman still beat Dutch and he more than likely bit her because he was threatened by her; he was merely trying to protect himself from someone who was more than willing to harm him.
Because Dutch has been classified as a “vicious” dog, he is in danger of being euthanized. The veterinarian who examined Dutch as well as other animal behavior specialists have assessed Dutch and agree that he is not a vicious dog at all. I am urging you to please spare Dutch’s life. Please take the action to allow Dutch to undergo a rehabilitation program in order to prove he is not vicious so he will not have to be euthanized.
[Your Name Here]
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