|Lt. Dan Peabody with Inca|
(Scroll down for video) A police officer is facing animal cruelty charges after leaving his K-9 partner in a hot car.
The police K-9 died after the officer in charge of the dog left it in the back of a patrol car for nearly three hours, causing it to die.
Lt. Dan Peabody of Cherokee County, Georgia, trained the dog since it was a puppy. He was very close to the dog and he is said to be very distressed over the death of the dog.
Peabody was taken to the hospital for passing out after learning about the death of his K-9 partner.
The officer told investigators that he came home around 4:15 p.m., and left the 4-year-old Belgian Malinois named Inca, in the back of the car with the engine off while helping his wife with another dog inside his home.
However, he forgot that he left the dog in the car. At around 7:00 p.m., the officer finally thought of the dog and ran out to the car, but it was too late. The dog was dead.
Peabody normally leaves the dog in the special K-9 friendly vehicle, but he lent it to another officer whose vehicle was out of service.
Peabody drove home that day in a Ford Crown Victoria that was not equipped with a kennel or alarms, which played a factor in the dog’s death.