Dutch and his owner, Jeremiah Aguilar. Courtesy: Facebook.
MONTROSE - Authorities in Montrose are trying to find a veteran's service dog that was ordered euthanized after attacking a caretaker.
Jeremiah Aguilar ignored a judge's order and never turned Dutch in to Montrose Animal Control after he was ordered to hand him over last week.
Montrose Animal Control officials say Aguilar left his dog in the care of its former owner while he was out. Animal control officers say the woman was trying to break up a fight between Dutch and another dog when Dutch bit her.
The victim had several deep wounds and had medical bills of more than $25,000.
The following information comes from the city's account of the attack:
On Nov. 14, the victim heard a commotion in her back yard and discovered that Dutch was fighting with a Pit Bull. The victim struck Dutch with her hands to try and free the Pit Bull. She then hit the dog once with a "light-weight tiki torch pole, which immediately bent and was discarded."
She was eventually able to pull Dutch away from the other dog and brought him inside.
That's when Animal Control says Dutch bit the victim's thigh, puncturing it to the bone. She tried to run to her bedroom, but tripped and fell. Dutch jumped on top of her, biting her again in the thigh, hand, and finger.
The victim was able to make it to the bedroom and called her fiancé to come to her aid. In the meantime, the dog continued to try and enter the room, damaging several pieces of furniture in the home.
The victim did not call the police or ambulance out of fear that the emergency responders would be attacked.
When her fiancé and another man arrived to help her, they found Dutch sitting on the floor. When the same Pit Bull re-entered the home, Dutch began attacking the dog again. At that point, the second man hit Dutch repeatedly with a board from a broken picture frame to free the Pit Bull.
The city attorney's office reviewed the case and determined they had enough evidence to proceed with prosecution, based on the owner's violation of the city's vicious animal ordinance.
"In any vicious animal case, our primary concern is for the safety of anyone who may come in contact with the animal in the future. This is the worst incident of an animal attack that I have seen. In the dozens of vicious animal cases I've investigated, I have never seen a case where the animal was as aggressive in pursuing the victim multiple times," Duncan said.
According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, an attorney for Aguilar did not return a phone call seeking comment.
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