A Belgian Malinois police dog was found dead in his handler’s patrol car. Spartacus, 3, died of a heat stroke after being left by his handler in his car outside of his Woodstock, Georgia home.
“The K9 handler is currently on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation,” Woodstock police spokeswoman Brittany Duncan stated.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation, Duncan added.
Spartacus was a certified multi-purpose dog who performed narcotics detection, tracking, and apprehension for the department.
The Atlanta metropolitan police department has not made public the name of the K9 handler. They described him as a 9-year police veteran who has worked as a K-9 handler for seven of those years.
“After the retirement of his first police K-9, who is now a family pet living with the K-9 handler, the handler is devastated by the loss of his second police K-9,” Duncan said.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.