Dog Abuse

UPDATE! Officer Whose K9 Died in Hot Patrol Car Now Linked With Third K9 Death

A Cherokee County, Georgia police K-9 was found dead in a patrol car on June 10 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 K-9, 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 K-9 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.

Daniel Peabody. (CHEROKEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)

Daniel Peabody. (CHEROKEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

However, forensic investigators have now determined that the set of remains found at Peabody’s home actually belonged to a Belgian Malinois. While not yet confirmed, investigators believe the remains belonged to Inca’s grandmother, not Dale, a yellow Labrador retriever. Authorities are now combing Peabody’s home and a former residence in search of Dale’s body.

The former school resource officer (he resigned just days after Inca’s death) is already charged with two counts of aggravated animal cruelty and making false statements to police, but it is likely more charges will be filed as the investigation continues.

Peabody is currently out on $22,400 bond.

36 Comments

36 Comments

  1. kezza

    Jul 17, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    These deplorable acts makes you wonder how he treated people under arrest.

  2. Stacey Glover

    Jul 8, 2016 at 12:36 am

    What a disgusting excuse of a human being!! May he rot in jail!!

  3. david morgan

    Jul 7, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    this situation is disgusting and I do hope those of this community and state will make every effort to punish him harshly!!!! many great comments here about his character and possible other killings done by him with animals and humans alike!!!!
    david morgan

  4. Denise

    Jul 7, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    If a person kills a canine you are charged as if you were killing a police officer because a canine is a police officer dog. Therefore, if he killed those dogs, he killed a police officer and should be charged as such. Should not be charged so much as animal cruelty but should be charged as murdering a police officer. Scum bag

  5. Sylvia

    Jul 7, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Clearly a serial dog killer.

  6. Elaine Ewald Kohler

    Jul 7, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I was under the impression that an attack on a K9 was the same as any other officer,….Therefore he is guilty of murder. 3 times!!!!!!!!!

  7. betty walker

    Jul 7, 2016 at 11:38 am

    He should have needs jabbed int his eyes to help focus his vision on his barbaric behavior.

  8. carla page

    Jul 7, 2016 at 11:31 am

    HE,S A SERIAL KILLER!!!!!!!!!! TIME TO TAKE HIM OFF THE STREETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Solomente del valle

    Jul 7, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Scum slime. As far as I’m concerned he killed officers. He should be held accountable. Make him serve jail time. He should lose his pension as well

  10. Roxanne

    Jul 6, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Those dogs were in law enforcement I thought this was same crime as if it was a law official. That would be a felony,bond amount not high enough.No excuses for what he did,dogs did their job and this is how they were honored.

    • Denise

      Jul 7, 2016 at 1:37 am

      why can’t he be left inside a hot car for the summer, and if there’s anything left to the worthless liar, then put him on trial. He deserves no better.

    • Chris

      Jul 7, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Yes, he should have stayed in jail— No Bonding Out!!! Jail time YES!! Shame on him!!!!

  11. Dee

    Jul 6, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    So if he thinks nothing of killing dogs who has he killed “in the line of duty” POS

  12. Tracy

    Jul 6, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    That bastard should never allowed pets again and also charged for murder of another officer in all three cases..what a sick bastard he is!!

  13. betty walker

    Jul 6, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    He should have needles inserted into his eyes so he could focus his vision on his horrific acts of animal barbarity. This is a sick man who should have never been allowed to be near children, let alone innocent, trusting animals. He’s a barbarian!

  14. Maria McCubbin

    Jul 6, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Send him to me. I’m in Las Vegas. We can just leave him in a car on 115 degree day.

    • Jan

      Jul 7, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      I’ll help!

  15. Sophia99

    Jul 6, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    This is despicable, shameful, disgusting, horrific, barbaric, cruel and inhumane. Does that Police department have any ethics? This monster needs to be persecuted as any felon would be attacking any police officer. He neglected those entrusted to his care and as a result they died. Lock him up and throw away the key!

  16. Sharon

    Jul 6, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    This should be treated as a murder suspect,an not as a k-9 shot! If he would do this to a k-9 officer justic imagine what to would do to a humman that pissed him off! He needs to go to prison an be striped of his retirement from the police department an of course never own of be near an animal again!

  17. Karen

    Jul 6, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Put him UNDER THE JAIL! This man was in our schools? Can’t trust anyone these days. What a sick excuse for a human. Glad they caught him!

  18. GIDGETWITCH

    Jul 6, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    THIS LOWLIFE NEEDS TO BE LOCKED IN A POLICE CAR FOR 10 DAYS IN 100 DEGREE WEATHER. THEN, IF HE STILL ALIVE HAVE A PACK OF DOGS URINATE ON HIS BLISTERS. I’M SURE THEY WILL GO EASY ON HIM, AFTER ALL HE WAS A COP AND THEY LOOK OUT FOR THEIR OWN!

  19. Robbie G

    Jul 6, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I’m glad the guy resigned… He should not be a police official. Nor should he be near children! Animal abuse is the first experiment for a psychopath only to move onto humans next! He needs a Psych evaluation. He clearly belongs behind some kind of bars… prison or a sanatorium for a very long time!!! As for the dogs that he murdered… RIP sweet angels! You may cross the bridge without this POS!!

  20. Cynthia Hiigel

    Jul 6, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Shoot him,maybe just in the leg,then lock him in a baking hot car to die a slow torturous death all alone.

  21. Star

    Jul 6, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    He dies not deserve to be part of a c police force. He is an. Animal abuser. How sad is that. Hope he put away fir a very very long time. Krama to you Mr. Peabody

  22. Joan

    Jul 6, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    When we are entrusted with the care and feeding of anything that has life, then we MUST do our best to do so.
    What this officer of the law did is unspeakable. I get so full of perplexity that anyone can do harm to another
    living life. Yes, humans are extremely important to all of us, but so are animals. Those who treat animals badly and kill animals can easily treat humans badly and can easily kill humans. I sincerely hope that this person gets
    dismissed for duty , jailed, fined heavy and never to have any animals again.
    Sad part of this story is that every second of every day a animal is abused, tortured and killed for nothing!!!
    Laws of our country and other countries need tougher laws of kind of cases. Why? I do not know. Each state governs animal cruelly different. too bad.

  23. Barbara Kruza

    Jul 6, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    He clearly is abusing animals and he should be fired – no exceptions!

    • Libby Brinton

      Jul 6, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Not only fired, but in jail & prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    • Seth Tyrssen

      Jul 6, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Agreed. And, why is he out on bond? He needs to be in the joint.

  24. Christine Harding

    Jul 6, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    What is Wrong with the police. WHY has the creep been sacked. HE is NOT fit To be an officer of the law .He is NOt a Police Man that is for sure. How can he arrest a person after what he has done. sack the low life or people will loss respect of the law . it looks like he is above the law SACK SACK

  25. Ren LeBlanc

    Jul 6, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Put the piece of shit away for the rest of his miserable life- the SOB!!!!

  26. jim and pat

    Jul 6, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY BAIL ON THIS EVIL DEMONIC ANIMAL CRUELTY IDIOT. SHOULD BE IN JAIL FOR LIFE OR BETTER YET IN A HOT CAR FOR SEVERAL HOURS….

  27. angel

    Jul 6, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Oh you lousy SOB!!

  28. Rie A

    Jul 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    fucking loser piece of shit and what will be done a cover up by other officers maybe

  29. Robert Austin

    Jul 6, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Tghis POS needs to do Jail Time !!!!!!

  30. Dianna

    Jul 6, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    What an ass throw the book at him put him in a hot car then shot him reap what you sew

  31. laura

    Jul 6, 2016 at 11:45 am

    There is no excuse for what this horrible person did to not only one….but three????? There’s a place in hell for that guy!

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