You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

Attorney: Throw out former cop’s hot-car dog death indictment


Attorneys for a former Cherokee County school resource officer charged in the hot-car death of his police dog filed a motion Thursday to quash his indictment.

Daniel Peabody resigned in June after leaving his police dog, Inca, in a hot Cherokee school police patrol car when he went into his house. Inka was left for about three hours before Peabody remembered and returned to the car. A necropsy confirmed the dog died of heatstroke.

MORE: Suspect in police dog deaths calls charges ‘baseless’

Lawyers said Peabody was on duty the day Inca died and therefore had the right to appear before a grand jury, which he was not given the opportunity to do, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Prosecutors argued that Peabody was off duty, but he disagreed.

“I’m saying the duty I have, it’s my duty to my employer to care for an asset that the employer uses. And that duty isn’t a duty that stops at 4 when I get off the clock. It’s a duty that goes on and off and on and off,” Peabody said.

The former officer is also accused of making false statements about the death of another dog, whose remains were found at Peabody’s former home in Paulding County.

Investigators said Peabody claimed that a former police dog in his care, Dale, choked to death on a chew toy, but they contend he shot the dog.

Peabody is facing charges of felony animal cruelty and lying to investigators.



Next Up in Local

Website aims to help disadvantaged APS students
Website aims to help disadvantaged APS students

Rebecca Schmitt has a 4.2 grade-point average and is valedictorian at Maynard Jackson High School. But she and her mother, who is disabled, once were evicted from their home in South Florida, Channel 2 Action News reported. Schmitt recalled recently how social workers helped her get ready for the prom. So Schmitt can relate to a new website, Purposity...
Q&A on the News

Q: I’d like the address for former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama so I can write to them. —Phillip Meade, Canton A: Now that they are private citizens again, they have created an “Office of Barack and Michelle Obama” website that allows anyone to correspond with them, request a greeting, make a press inquiry or invite...
Man who stole mother’s money to fuel drug habit gets 10 years in prison
Man who stole mother’s money to fuel drug habit gets 10 years in prison

Richard Jackson Thomason had already been kicked out of his mother’s home once. That was after his daughter noticed he was stealing from her grandmother.  But that didn’t stop him from breaking into the Rome home and stealing again after already using his 81-year-old mother’s bank accounts to fuel his drug habit, the Rome News-Tribune...
02/23 Mike Luckovich: Professional protester.
02/23 Mike Luckovich: Professional protester.

Popular Cobb barbecue spot fails recent health inspection
Popular Cobb barbecue spot fails recent health inspection

The owner of a Kennesaw barbecue joint says he’s fixed some of the issues that caused the restaurant to fail a routine health inspection Tuesday. Barbecue Street, 3895 Cherokee St. off Jiles Road, scored a 67/U after an inspector found issues including lack of hot water and plates that were being cleaned without sanitizer. Any score 69 or...
More Stories