That dog, a yellow lab named named Dale, was assigned to Peabody from 2007 to 2012 when he lived in Paulding County.
“Peabody initially claimed Dale’s death was accidental due to Dale choking on a toy,” the marshal’s office said in a statement. “However, the investigation yielded evidence that Dale was in fact shot and killed.”
On Monday, investigators found remains thought to be those of a dog at Peabody’s former home in Paulding while executing a search warrant. Those remains are being analyzed by a forensic veterinarian to try to identify the breed and cause of death, the marshal’s office said.
Peabody is in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals and making a false statement to investigators in lieu of $22,400 bond.
In a case unrelated to the dogs’ deaths, Peabody’s wife, Tyler Verlander, was cited for operating a boarding and training business without a Cherokee County occupation tax certificate, sheriff’s officials said. Also, Verlander was charged with operating a boarding and training business inside a residential zoned district, and operating a boarding and training business within 75 feet of a residential property, sheriff’s officials said.
Also, the Cherokee County school district did not know of the allegations about Dale’s death until the marshal’s office released the information, spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said Wednesday. She said school police policy allowed a handler to apply to adopt a retiring dog, which Peabody did, and he was granted ownership of Dale.