Sergeant demoted after forgotten K9 overheats and dies in patrol car

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Earlier this month, a K9 with Georgia’s Monroe County Sheriff’s Office died inside of a patrol car after his handler forgot him overnight. The “accidental” death of K9 Khan resulted in Willie Barkley’s demotion from sergeant to deputy. According to multiple sources, the tragic incident happened when Barkley finished an overnight shift on May 14 and forgot Khan in the back of the vehicle.

By the time that Barkley found the four-year-old Belgian Malinois the next day, it was too late – the dog had died from heat stroke, reports WMAZ News.

Monroe County Sheriff Brad Freeman told the news agency:

I believe the high temperature that day was 79 to 80 degrees, somewhere in that neighborhood, which is fine for us when you’re just outside but when you put either a human or animal in a car with the windows rolled up. Temperatures go up 20 to 30 degrees. No one can stand that kind of heat inside a car— a human, let alone an animal,”

In addition to being demoted to a deputy, Barkley was transferred to work at the jail, and suspended without pay for five days.


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  1. Jan Barnes says:

    WOW–LIKE A SLAP ON THE WRIST FOR KILLING A FELLOW POLICE OFFICER!

    SHAME! SHAME! WHAT A DISGRACE TO THE DEPARTMENT!

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