A former faculty useful resource officer and Lieutenant with the Cherokee County, Georgia Police Department has been cleared of all however one rate – creating a false commentary to police – following the loss of life of his K9 spouse and the invention of 2 further K9 canine killed whilst in his care.
Cherokee County Police K9 Inca was once discovered useless in a patrol automobile on June 10, 2016, after her handler, Cherokee County Lt. Dan Peabody, a faculty useful resource officer, left the canine on my own within the automobile for a number of hours whilst temperatures outdoor reached into the low 90’s. A necropsy showed that Inca died on account of warmth stroke.
Inca’s loss of life induced a normal police investigation which published this wasn’t the primary time a police canine had died in Peabody’s care. Before being partnered with Inca, Lt. Peabody was once partnered with some other police K9, a yellow Lab named Dale. Dale labored along his handler from 2007 till 2012 when he retired. After his retirement, the K9 was once grew to become over to Lt. Peabody the place he was once to are living out the rest of his lifestyles as a cherished circle of relatives puppy.
Shortly after retiring from K9 tasks, alternatively, Dale was once useless. Peabody reported that Dale had died unintentionally after he choked on a toy and gave up the ghost in the house. But, whilst undertaking a seek warrant of the Peabody house and assets after Inca’s loss of life, investigators discovered stays believed to be the ones of Dale buried at the assets. A necropsy published the canine were shot. After the invention was once made, Peabody admitted that Dale had no longer choked to loss of life on a toy, however that the officer had shot and killed him.
Forensic investigators then made up our minds that the set of stays discovered at Peabody’s house in fact belonged to a Belgian Malinois, no longer Dale, a yellow Labrador retriever. Investigators believed the stays discovered in fact belonged to K9 Inca’s grandmother.
Despite their findings, Peabody was once simplest charged on three counts: 2 counts of annoyed cruelty to animals in reference to K9 Inca’s loss of life, and 1 depend of creating a false commentary to police all over the investigation. He was once no longer indicted in reference to both of the opposite two canine deaths.
But, in a January 18 ruling within the Cherokee Superior Court, Judge Jackson Harris threw out each animal cruelty fees, leaving simplest the rate of creating false statements to police to stand.
Prosecutors appealed the court docket’s determination and are recently waiting for a choice from the Court of Appeals. They plan to search re-indictment on all counts towards Peabody if the Court of Appeals does no longer rule of their want.