Ex-officer arrested after police K-9 dies in patrol car

Authorities say a former school police officer in north Georgia has been arrested in connection with the death of a police K-9 who was left in a patrol car for hours.

Cherokee County Chief Marshal Ron Hunton told local news media on Wednesday that former Lt. Daniel Peabody is charged with felony animal cruelty and making false statements. Hunton says the Belgian Malinois named Inka died June 10 after being left inside the car by Peabody for nearly three hours.

Hunton says the 50-year-old Peabody forgot the dog was in the car. A necropsy says the dog died from heatstroke. Temperatures had reached into the 90s that day.

Peabody is being held at the local jail on a $22,400 bond. It's unclear if he has an attorney.