Josh Marquis, the former Clatsop County district attorney, has been hired as the director of legal affairs for Animal Wellness Action.

Marquis will help coordinate efforts by the national advocacy group to modernize state and federal laws against animal cruelty and promote enforcement.

He began taking an interest in prosecuting animal cruelty cases during his first job as a deputy district attorney in Lane County in 1981.

 “I got made fun of,” Marquis said. “I was called the dog deputy, because I thought these cases ought to be taken seriously.”

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