Officer resigns after K-9 dies in patrol car

Though no formal charges had been filed, a Cherokee County officer resigned Thursday, just days after his canine died from heatstroke after being left in a police car, officials said.

Lt. Daniel Peabody said he forgot his 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, Inca, in a Cherokee County school police patrol car on Friday when he went into his house about 4:15 p.m., Chief Ron Hunton said.

The car, which was Peabody’s usual work vehicle, was not equipped with alarms to warn the officer the dog was inside.

When Peabody remembered Inca about 7 p.m., the dog was dead. A necropsy confirmed the dog died from heatstroke, Hunton said Monday in a release.

Cherokee County school spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said Peabody submitted his resignation at the school board meeting, where it was immediately accepted.

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In 2013, Officer Chad Berry of the Woodstock Police Department was suspended without pay for 10 days and fined $325 for leaving Spartacus, a 3-year old Belgian Malinois, inside his patrol car, where he died. Berry was also reassigned to the traffic department, where his salary was lowered.

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