Pickens sheriff officers are investigating the death of the Woodstock Police Office's K9 dog that died at its handler house in Pickens County.
According to a news release from the Woodstock Police Office, the canine, Spartacus, a Belgian Malinois, was found dead inside the patrol car around 9 p.m. Monday at the officer's home here in Pickens County. The apparent cause of death was heat stroke from being left in the car too long.
The handler whose name has not been released was known as a dedicate animal handler. His first K9 partner lived in retirement at his family home.
From the Woodstock Police press release, "Spartacus, a 3 year old Belgian Malinois, was a certified multi-purpose dog as he worked narcotics detection, tracking, and apprehension.
Spartacus’ handler is a 9 year veteran of the police department where he has been a K9 Handler for 7 years. After the retirement of his first police K9 who is now a family pet living with the K9 handler, the handler is devastated by the loss of his second police K9.
The K9 handler is currently on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation."