In a move that will make many people shake their head Hillsboro, Oregon Animal Control Officer Hoyt Stepp will not get charged for animal abuse. He beat a swift water rescue dog so severely that it lost an eye and suffered a fractured skull after being hit with his baton.
The incident happened in February in which two of Marlin Starr’s dogs had escaped a gate after a strong wind blew it open and neighbors had called animal control as the dogs were barking in the street. Starr who wasn’t at home at the time found a note taped to his door Stepp indicated that Dojie was the dog that got beat “was dangerous and aggressive and he had to use his baton on her.”
A county spokesperson stated “we care deeply about the well-being of animals and the well-being of our community. As with any incident that involves injury to an animal, we are reviewing the situation and looking at all the facts surrounding the incident.“
Unfortunately that was proven incorrect as today it got announced that Stepp will not face any charges according to the district attorney’s office. Concluding that their officer used “reasonable action.“Deborah Wood the Bonnie L. Hays Animal Services Director said “we are confident this is a highly trained officer who has a difficult job who in this circumstance behaved appropriately.“
Stepp’s story doesn’t add up, yet is this another example of a district attorney unwilling to file charges to protect one of its own? It certainly sounds like it. Does the aggressive behavior of Dojie a well-trained service make any sense? The answer is a resounding no.
A review of the incident didn’t happen until Starr pressed for one. Proving that no the district attorney nor the Animal Control office cared enough to see what actually happened on the day of the beating, which illustrates why Stepp needs to lose his job as does the district attorney who refused to press charges.