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Pickens sheriff investigating death of Woodstock K9 unit

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."

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7thunders
-1 #1 7thunders 2013-06-19 22:57
This makes me so sad. Why was this animal left in the car? I cannot think of any excuse whatsoever that would justify leaving a pet, child, or anything in a hot vehicle especially here in Georgia where you could fry an egg on your dashboard. I know the handler is devastated, and I feel for his/her loss, but I feel even more for the impact this is going to have on the community this K-9 served and the senseless death that could and should have been avoided. I personally would like to know how this happened and if animal cruelty charges are going to be pressed if this handler is found negligent.
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jamie prince
0 #2 jamie prince 2013-06-20 12:48
7thunders...WSB mentioned this morning there are heat sensors in the car to protect the animals. They have not determined if temperature played at factor.
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Jose Garcia
-7 #3 Jose Garcia 2013-06-20 13:12
Cops in Jasper arent worth a damnnn! Not only do they set you up for a ticket, they also are cruel to their own animals.
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TAX PAYER IN JASPER
-1 #4 TAX PAYER IN JASPER 2013-06-20 17:15
Considering the THOUSANDS of dollars that the taxpayers have invested in the dog, (cost + extensive training), he should have to pay every cent back. If I were to ruin or destroy govt. property due to my own negligence, I would be sentenced to restitution.
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Doublestandards
-1 #5 Doublestandards 2013-06-21 11:58
If this dog had died at the hand of a non officer they person responsible would have been charged with murder of a police officer. Double standards all around Negligence is not an excuse for murder.
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7thunders
0 #6 7thunders 2013-06-23 23:29
Jamie Prince, this is what the paper reported that was told to them by the police, '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 dog died due to heat stroke. Temperature did play a factor. How else could it of died of heat stroke?
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