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Animal control officer won't face charges

No charges will be filed against a Washington County Animal Control officer who reportedly beat a dog so severely he lost his eye.

The district attorney’s office said a formal charging decision would be made public by the end of the week in the case, which began Feb. 25 on Northwest Garibaldi Street in Hillsboro after animal control officers responded to a dog-at-large case.

Marlin Starr, owner of the dog named Dojie, said he viewed the official investigation report. "I am angry and I do want results. I do want justice,” Starr said Tuesday.

Hillsboro police wrapped up an investigation last week into whether Animal Control Officer Hoyt Stepp used excessive force against Dojie and passed their findings along to the district attorney, who then contacted Starr.

In a press release Wednesday morning, Hillsboro Police Department spokesman Lt. Mike Rouches said officers had finished a “thorough and detailed investigation” and found "the facts of the case did not contain the necessary elements of the crime of animal abuse."

— KOIN 6 News is a Pamplin Media Group news partner.



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