Owner: Results ‘unjust’ in officer’s attack on his dog

Dojie, a service dog who was beaten by a Washington County Animal Control officer, will lose an eye, his owner Marlin Starr said, Feb. 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Dojie, a service dog who was beaten by a Washington County Animal Control officer, will lose an eye, his owner Marlin Starr said, Feb. 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

HILLSBORO, Ore. — The owner of a dog that was allegedly beaten by an animal control officer in February said results of the Hillsboro police’s investigation into the attack are “unjust.”

Marlin Starr, the owner of Dojie who a Washington County animal control officer allegedly beat last month, said he got a look at the official investigation report, which is yet to be released by police, on Friday and was angered by what he read.

Dojie (pictured) lost her eye after a Washington County animal control officer allegedly beat the dog, March 25, 2014. (KOIN)
Dojie (pictured) lost her eye after a Washington County animal control officer allegedly beat the dog, March 25, 2014. (KOIN)

“I am angry and I do want results. I do want justice,” said Starr.

Starr said Hillsboro police wrapped up their 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.

The district attorney’s office refused to respond on camera Tuesday but did tell KOIN 6 News that a formal charging decision will be made public by the end of the week.

However, Starr claimed the district attorney’s office told him charges will not be sought against Stepp, defining “use of excessive force” as part of the reason for the decision.

“They told me they don’t feel there (are) sufficient policies to be able to follow through and convict,” said Starr.

The Washington County Animal Shelter confirmed Starr’s claims on Tuesday but would say nothing in regards to whether Stepp is back on patrol.

Officials said results of the investigation will be released Wednesday afternoon during a press conference.

Starr said regardless of the findings, he will continue to seek justice for his dog

“Dojie is not gonna go away. I will not go away,” said Starr.

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