Q&A on the News

Q: What is the sentencing for the deputy who left Inka, the K-9 dog, in his car?

SARAH WESTBROOK, CUMMING

A: Daniel Peabody was sentenced in April to three years of probation, the AJC previously reported. Peabody, who previously was a Cherokee County Schools police officer, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and obstruction in the death of his K-9 partner.

Inka, a Belgian Malinois who was 4 years old, died of heatstroke after being left in Peabody’s personal vehicle, according to a past AJC story. Temperatures rose to nearly 90 degrees on June 10, 2016, when Inka was left in the 2001 Ford Crown Victoria, and temperatures inside the car could have risen higher, according to investigators and the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office.

Peabody, who worked for the school district police force for 16 years, was arrested in June 2016 and resigned from his role as a lieutenant, the AJC previously reported. He also was ordered to perform 120 hours of community service and pay a fine of $1,000. During his probation period, he cannot serve as a law enforcement officer.

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