After finding the lifeless dog in his patrol car parked at his house, Berry called both his supervisor and the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, which investigated.
A necropsy requested by the Woodstock Police Department determined that Spartacus’ probable cause of death was heat stroke. There were no other indications of injury, maltreatment, or abuse, and Spartacus was in good health at his annual checkup in February.
“Both investigations reveal that, although there was no intent to cause harm to K-9 Spartacus, Officer Berry left Spartacus in his assigned patrol vehicle upon getting home from work and attending to his children,” Milligan said. “The delay in removing Spartacus from the vehicle resulted in the canine’s death.”
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office cited Berry for violating the county’s cruelty to animals ordinance. Berry has paid the $325 fine.