MONTROSE – The owner of Dutch, the 107-pound American Allaunt canine sentenced to death following an attack of a Montrose woman last year, will appear in Montrose County Court Friday morning to begin his appeal of the dog's euthanasia.
Jeremiah Aguilar will appear with his attorney Friday, March 22 at 9 a.m. before Judge Julie Huffmann to determine the next step in his appeal in a case that has drawn worldwide attention.
Last November, Montrose Animal Control officers were notified by Montrose Memorial Hospital staff that the fiancé of Jeremiah Aguilar's brother was being treated for "deep bite wounds "to her buttock, thigh and hand" that severed an artery and caused a compound fracture to the middle finger of her right hand.
Aguilar was convicted in January of violating the city's vicious animal code, and sentenced on Feb. 14 by Montrose Municipal Court Judge Richard Brown. Stating emphatically that "Dutch was the aggressor," Brown handed down a fine, jail time and an order for Aguilar to hand Dutch over to animal control officers that day to be put down.
At the hearing, Aguilar had argued that Dutch, who was provoked, acted in self defense.
Dutch had still not been turned over to authorities, as of press time, and Aguilar now faces a contempt of court violation, which will be determined in a hearing next month.
Aguilar is appealing both his Montrose Municipal Court conviction and the euthanasia order.
Friday's appeal could mean bring Aguilar a new hearing, with the possibility of a lesser sentence for Dutch.
According to court records, Brown that Dutch could be relocated to a California rescue center in lieu of euthanization, but Aguilar missed the deadline for the relocation.
Aguilar maintains that Dutch is a service dog, a contention that has drawn hundreds of thousands of comments on social media, and the sending of signed petitions to the Governor of Colorado.
The city will be represented Friday by retired Assistant U.S. Attorney Wyatt Angelo.
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