Veterinarian arrested for abuse of dog at Beaverton clinic
A veterinarian is facing multiple animal abuse charges after a customer at his Beaverton clinic alleged that he "mishandled" their dog, Beaverton police say.
Dr. Daniel G. Koller is facing two counts of aggravated animal abuse in the first degree, which is a felony, and two misdemeanor counts of first-degree animal abuse, according to police. He was arrested Thursday, Nov. 14.
Beaverton Police Department spokesman Sgt. Kevin McDonald said police began investigating Koller after a Sept. 20 incident was reported to law enforcement. A person with a dog under Koller's care at Companion Pet Clinic in Beaverton said he handled the dog roughly and inappropriately.
"Specifically, the pet was grabbed by the mouth," McDonald said.
Police investigated the incident, in conjunction with the Beaverton Humane Society.
McDonald said he is not aware of any other incidents over which Koller is being charged.
Reached by phone, staff at Companion Pet Clinic said no one was immediately available for comment Friday morning, Nov. 15.
Koller has had run-ins with the law before, The Oregonian/OregonLive.com noted in an Oct. 14, 2019, report after Koller resumed practicing veterinary medicine at Companion Pet Clinic. The Oregonian reported that Koller has previously had his license to practice veterinary medicine suspended in Oregon and California, and that he was convicted in California of animal cruelty in the 1970s.
Court records in Oregon indicate Koller was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants in 2007 in Clackamas County and completed a diversion program in exchange for the criminal charge being dismissed.
The Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board's website states that Koller has an active license to practice in Oregon, but he has been "disciplined or restricted." A call requesting more information was not immediately returned Friday.
Koller's Oregon veterinary license is set to expire at the end of the year.
Meanwhile, McDonald said police are seeking more information in the animal abuse case.
"We're asking the public to come forward if they feel their animal was mishandled," he said Friday.
Anyone who believes their pet was harmed or mistreated at Companion Pet Clinic is encouraged to call Beaverton police at 503-629-0111.
By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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