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Woodstock PD investigation concluded: K-9 died in officer's car

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WOODSTOCK, GA (CBS46) -

The Woodstock Police Department completed its internal investigation into the death of K-9 Spartacus.

On June 17, Spartacus was found unresponsive in Officer Chad Berry's patrol car at his home in Pickens County.

Berry notified his supervisor and the Pickens County Sheriff's Office responded to investigate the incident.

A necropsy requested by the Woodstock Police Department determined that Spartacus' probable cause of death was heat stroke and that there were no other indications of injury, maltreatment, or abuse.

Both investigations reveal that there was no intent to cause harm to Spartacus. Berry left Spartacus in his car upon getting home from work and attending to his children.

The Pickens County Sheriff's Office cited Berry for violating County Ordinance Section 14-22, cruelty to animals, for leaving an animal unattended in a parked vehicle without proper ventilation.

Berry has paid a fine of $325 as established by county ordinance.

Berry has been removed from the Woodstock Police Department K-9 program, resulting in the loss of $6,000 in special duty pay annually.

In addition, he is being suspended without pay for 10 days for violating department policies governing the responsibilities of canine handlers.

The nine-year veteran of the Woodstock Police Department is now assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Unit.

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