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Former officer charged in K-9s hot car death, accused of killing another K-9

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. – A former school police lieutenant is now being charged in the death of his K-9, and is also under investigation for another K-9 death.

On June 10, Daniel Peabody told investigators that he left his 4-year-old Belgian Malinois police dog, Inka, in the back of a patrol car while he dealt with another dog inside his home.

“He gets out, turns the car off, gets busy with his wife helping another dog, and apparently he simply forgot about the dog,” Cherokee County Marshal’s Office Chief Ron Hunton told WSB.

Three hours later, Peabody said he realized Inka was still in the car and found the dog dead.

Investigators say Peabody had allowed another officer to use his K-9 squad car while he grabbed a normal patrol unit. That unit did not have a kennel in it or alarms that alert officers when temperatures rise inside the car.

While officials say it seems the dog’s death was an accident, an investigation has led them to press charges against Peabody.

Authorities told WSB that they found evidence that suggested the Peabody allegedly shot and killed a retired K-9 that he adopted in 2012.

Dale, a yellow Lab, retired from being a school resource dog in 2012 and was adopted by Peabody.

A short time later, Dale died.

Peabody claimed that Dale choked on a toy, but investigators say Peabody shot and killed Dale.

Peabody is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and making false statements to law enforcement.

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