UPDATE: Veteran Jeremy Aguilar & Service Dog Dutch: Not Guilty

Rachel Daake’s account of Dutch’s attack on her and the other dog were highly questionable, and thankfully a jury saw through it.

8.26.13 - Dutch Not GuiltyWe brought you the original story in November, and an update in June, and now we are pleased to bring you what is hopefully the conclusion to this saga: military veteran Jeremy Aguilar and his service dog Dutch have seen their day in court and been found not guilty.

Last year Dutch bit a woman who beat him after he got into a fight with her dog. Rachel Daake was Dutch’s previous owner, and he had been left with her while Aguilar took someone to the airport. The woman’s account of the incident is highly questionable, but here is a brief summary of what she says took place:

While out in the yard, American Allaunt Dutch attacked a pit bull in Daake’s yard . To get Dutch to stop, she hit, kicked and punched him. When that failed to work, she beat him with a metal tiki torch.

I started punching him in the face and kept punching him until my hands hurt so bad I couldn’t hit him anymore,”she said.

She was able to drag him away by his collar, and once inside proceeded to clean the blood from his face. He then bit her in the thigh, and when she tried to get away, he continued to attack her. She barricaded herself in the bedroom, and Dutch broke several pieces of furniture trying to break down the door. She called her fiancé, who arrived with his friend. They brought the other dog inside, and Dutch attacked it again. The second man repeatedly struck Dutch with a wooden picture frame until he stopped. Daake later went to a hospital where she reportedly had about $25,000 in injuries.

The sequence of events made no sense – if Dutch did attack the other dog, which may have happened, why would Daake immediately try to clean the blood off Dutch’s face instead of tending to her injured dog? Where were the vet records for her dog’s injuries? Why would the primary concern be cleaning blood from the face of a vicious dog she just savagely beat? Would she not feel that she would have been in danger doing such a thing?

Aguilar battles with post-traumatic stress disorder from his time spent in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also is disabled (it has not been made known how), and AFTER Dutch’s alleged attack, he went on to be trained and certified as a service dog. A highly aggressive dog would not be a likely candidate for such a certification.

Despite this, the Montrose, Colorado Municipal Court ordered that Dutch be destroyed. Aguilar refused to let that happen, and would not surrender him. He took his dog to an undisclosed location. Because of his failure to comply, an arrest warrant was issued for the vet. In June he relented and turned Dutch over in a final effort to win the necessary appeal to save his dog’s life.

His appeal was successful, and Aguilar and his wife Heather were finally reunited with Dutch for good. A jury of three women found the pair not guilty when it was learned that Daake has a history of abusing dogs. The Aguilars will soon be moving far from Montrose and the nightmare they have been living for the last nine months.



13 thoughts on “UPDATE: Veteran Jeremy Aguilar & Service Dog Dutch: Not Guilty

  1. If a dog bites someone, there is usually a reason and a good one. If my dogs don’t like someone, I womt either.

  2. The abuser…what happened to her…she should be in jail!!!! Life sentence should fit for her…!!

  3. Congratulations to the Aguilar. I have been waiting for the good news and now it ends up with good result. Good luck to you all and love to hear your movement especially Dutch’s.

  4. Nothing Has Happed To The accused! NOTHING. Lied in COURT and LIED to a OFFICER,Detectives, Judges and still Nothing!! She is a self admitted animal abuser! there are vet records to prove! she BEAT Dutch! Told Animal Control she beat him! and still nothing!! I live here and this makes me sick!! Montrose loves their animals and yet nothing done by the courts or officers involved! the ones that are sworn to protect the animals!!

  5. Great point! I have been following this story for a long time and contributed to the fund to save Dutch. I’ll happily contribute to the prosecution fund of this “person” who, beats animals, ruined a family’s life, financially devasted them, slandered their name, filed a false police report and made a mockery of the justice system, while blatantly wasting taxpayers hard earned dollars!

  6. Counter-suit! Sue the pants off that animal abuser! Not only did she beat his dog, she caused tremendous distress and suffering.

  7. Thank you so much for this update. It is Sept. 23, 2013, as I am finding this story update. I am so proud to hear the out come, I signed the original petition. My efforts seemed so little, but it helped saved Dutch, NO MATTER HIS BREED…..I’m deeply sorry that we treated another Veteran so poorly. We? As long as this type of treatment to our Veterans is tolerated, it is a we issue. Thank you for fighting for Dutch. God bless you and your family, as you continue your life’s journey away from Montrose. Hopefully some Veteran’s affairs group, helped you in some way, either with the court costs, or moving. If not, I am disappointed. I know that if my dogs came across a situation that proved dangerous to me , or themselves, they would protect us. Dutch, you are one of a kind. Continue to be yourself, sounds like your family knows the value of a furr-ever best friend and family member. The picture of your son and Dutch is awesome. Thanks for the story update and your service to our country!

  8. Thank God for an honest group of people and good law people like the judge!
    They realized that DUTCH was/is a good dog!
    They also found out that BITCH ” was/is NOT normal and is an abuser of dogs!
    She shouldn’t be allowed to own animals!

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