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Service dog faces euthanasia for biting woman who beat him with metal pole

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  1. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    http://www.dogheirs.com/dogheirs/po...for-biting-woman-who-beat-him-with-metal-pole

    Disabled veteran asks for public support; service dog faces euthanasia for biting woman who beat him with metal pole

    An Army Veteran with disabilities is asking for the public's help in saving his service dog, Dutch, from court-ordered euthanasia. After being punched, kicked, and hit with a metal pole for several minutes, Dutch bit his attacker and has now been accused of being a "vicious" dog.

    Dutch is a 4-year-old American Allaunt, who is a registered service dog and an important part of Jeremy Aguilar's life. Dutch has never shown any aggressive behavior before or after the incident and is a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen.

    Jeremy served in the Army, and fought in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also was also deployed to Hurricane Katrina with the Oklahoma National Guard, which was the first unit to show up. Dutch came into Jeremy’s life a month after he married his wife Heather three years ago. Heather says that Dutch has been "the most therapeutic thing that could have ever happened" to her husband.

    On November 14, 2012, Jeremy and Heather left Dutch with his former owner in Montrose, Colorado, while they drove a family member to the airport.

    According to Heather, Dutch's former owner admitted to animal control officers and in court that she was beating Dutch before he bit her.

    Heather says that Dutch's former owner said, "I started punching him in the face and kept punching him until my hands hurt so bad I couldn't hit him anymore," after which she grabbed a metal pole and used the pole to beat the service dog. She then pulled Dutch from her backyard into the house by his collar, and grabbed his mouth as soon as they got inside. Dutch then bit her. The woman was bitten on her leg and buttock and Dutch sustained injuries to his face and head.

    The Incident

    The bent metal pole seen above was found in the back yard belonging to Dutch's former owner (click on image to enlarge).
  2. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    There has to be a lot missing here. Why was the women punching and beating the dog in the first place? Why did the women pull the dog inside of the home? I am a little lost here.
  3. DMOB

    DMOB Member

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    Petition signed......
  4. davidyee

    davidyee Maple Leaf

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    ...did the old owner wait for the Aguilars to head for the airport and just start pounding on the dog?

    What happened here to warrant the introduction of a metal pole and then dragging the dog into the house?

    Way too much missing in this story. Not blaming the dog in this case, but something is missing.
  5. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    :yathink:
  6. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Any adult who beats a pet should face court ordered euthanasia....and I hate having pets.
  7. jobberone

    jobberone Save the Snow Leopard Staff Member

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    This doesn't make any sense but then that doesn't necessarily mean its not accurate.
  8. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    This was the only other info I found. (save dutch facebook page)

  9. Reality

    Reality Administrator Staff Member

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    Even if there were two dogs fighting, when a human chooses to insert themselves into an animal fight, they become part of the fight in the minds of both animals. Dogs do not reason like humans and just because you think you know a dog and the dog knows you does not mean they will not perceive you as a threat in a fight. People like to treat pets as if they are people or kids and while most of the time, they will play that role willingly, there are times they only see you as another animal and potentially a threat.

    My family had a big dog when I was growing up that was friendly and loved people. If you raised your voice, he would cower down or back off. However, if you ever tried to get near his food, he would growl and snap at you. As soon as you took a couple of steps back, his tail would start wagging and he would become playful again.

    Hopefully the truth or facts will come out about this story long before something is done to the dog.

    /reality
  10. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    Yes.

    No ordinance against so - go to it.
  11. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    What the heck did the lady and I use the term loosely expect? you beat on a dog don't be surprised if the dog attacks. And this judge is a complete idiot who needs to be removed as a judge.
  12. BringBackThatOleTimeBoys

    BringBackThatOleTimeBoys Active Member

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    A sanctuary just NW of Ft Worth has 80 big cats and some bears - some from failed zoos, others from rich people that realized they were incapable to have such "pets."

    Animals do not always respond like people or even domesticated animals.

    This is a good read > http://www.bigcat.org/emotional-enrichment-program
  13. gambit187

    gambit187 Active Member

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    Petition Signed

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