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Justice Served? Charges Dropped Against Officer Linked to Three K9 Deaths

K9 Inca (left), K9 Dale (right), and Lt. Dan Peabody (inset). Src: Fox5

A former school resource officer and Lieutenant with the Cherokee County, Georgia Police Department has been cleared of all but one charge – making a false statement to police – following the death of his K9 partner and the discovery of two additional K9 dogs killed while in his care.

Cherokee County Police K9 Inca was found dead in a patrol car on June 10, 2016, after her handler, Cherokee County Lt. Dan Peabody, a school resource officer, left the dog alone in the vehicle for several hours while temperatures outside reached into the low 90’s. A necropsy confirmed that Inca died as a result of heat stroke.

Inca’s death prompted a standard police investigation which revealed this wasn’t the first time a police dog had died in Peabody’s care. Before being partnered with Inca, Lt. Peabody was partnered with another police K9, a yellow Lab named Dale. Dale worked alongside his handler from 2007 until 2012 when he retired. After his retirement, the K9 was turned over to Lt. Peabody where he was to live out the remainder of his life as a beloved family pet.

Shortly after retiring from K9 duties, however, Dale was dead. Peabody reported that Dale had died accidentally after he choked on a toy and passed away in the home. But, while conducting a search warrant of the Peabody home and property after Inca’s death, investigators found remains believed to be those of Dale buried on the property. A necropsy revealed the dog had been shot. After the discovery was made, Peabody admitted that Dale had not choked to death on a toy, but that the officer had shot and killed him.

Forensic investigators then determined that the set of remains found at Peabody’s home actually belonged to a Belgian Malinois, not Dale, a yellow Labrador retriever. Investigators believed the remains found actually belonged to K9 Inca’s grandmother.

Despite their findings, Peabody was only charged on 3 counts: 2 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals in connection with K9 Inca’s death, and 1 count of making a false statement to police during the investigation. He was not indicted in connection with either of the other two dog deaths.

But, in a January 18 ruling in the Cherokee Superior Court, Judge Jackson Harris threw out both animal cruelty charges, leaving only the charge of making false statements to police to stand.

Prosecutors appealed the court’s decision and are currently awaiting a decision from the Court of Appeals. They plan to seek re-indictment on all counts against Peabody if the Court of Appeals does not rule in their favor.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Denise B

    Feb 27, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Total piece of shit.

  2. Nancy Kelley

    Feb 24, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Those K9's are police officers too! Let a citizen kill one and they get charged with murder, which they should, but let a cop kill one they get a slap on the wrist!! BULLSHIT!! Charge this mother fucker with murder too!! He's a piece of shit!! Unfortunately , put him in jail for the rest of his no good life!! ( yell, let us taxpayers pay for this asshole). Of course, I say tit for tat, just kill the bastard!!

  3. PAOwens

    Feb 23, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    well isn't a special POS. hope he suffers one day like poor Inca. hell has a spot just for him when he gets there. LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Caroline

    Feb 22, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    What a horrible disgusting piece of shit I hope he pays for his behavior. Why did he keep getting dogs he obviously had some issues and takes his anger out on a helpless animal and animal who sacrificed his life for the person who ultimately took their life. How shameful

    • Francone Cordone

      Feb 23, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      He deserves to be in prison for cruelty and death of police K 9's at least 10 years and fined $50,00

      • Elisabeth M Ellgen

        Feb 24, 2017 at 12:21 pm

        he needs to go to jail!!!

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