Woodstock Police officer to be suspended and receive pay cut
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Woodstock Officer Chad Berry and his full service police dog Spartacus, a three year old Belgian Malinois, work on obedience training in November 2012. Berry will be suspended and receive a $6,000 pay cut after his K-9 partner was left in a patrol car in June and died of a heat stroke. <br> Samantha M. Shal
Woodstock Officer Chad Berry and his full service police dog Spartacus, a three year old Belgian Malinois, work on obedience training in November 2012. Berry will be suspended and receive a $6,000 pay cut after his K-9 partner was left in a patrol car in June and died of a heat stroke.
Samantha M. Shal
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A Woodstock Police officer will be suspended and receive a $6,000 pay cut after his K-9 partner was left in a patrol car in June and died of a heat stroke.

Officer Chad Berry, a nine-year veteran of the Woodstock Police Department, will be suspended for 10 days without pay and has been removed from the department’s K-9 program, costing him $6,000 a year in special duty pay, Sgt. Randy Milligan, spokesman for the police department, said Friday.

Berry found his 3-year-old K-9 partner, Spartacus, dead in his patrol car outside his home in Jasper on June 17, and both the Woodstock Police Department and the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office began investigations into the death.

“A necropsy requested by the Woodstock Police Department determined that Spartacus’ probable cause of death was heat stroke,” Milligan said in a news release Friday.

But he said, “There were no other indications of injury, maltreatment or abuse.”

Berry, who left Spartacus in the car while attending to his children, has also been hit with a $325 fine from Pickens County for cruelty to animals, Milligan said.

Milligan said the officer has been reassigned to the city’s traffic enforcement unit.

A spokesperson for Woodstock Police said in June that Berry was “devastated by the loss.”

Milligan said the dog’s death has led the department to take a closer look at how its K-9s are cared for.

“The tragic death of Spartacus prompted a comprehensive review of all canine policies and procedures,” he said.

The department has added more measures for the safety of its dogs and is in the process of upgrading heat alarms in its K-9 patrol cars in hopes of avoiding another death, Milligan said.

Spartacus was a Belgian Malinois and worked in narcotics detection and tracking.

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beth V
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July 30, 2013
i agree. a civilian charged with killing a K-9 faces felony charges because K-9s are considering "police officers." even hitting or kicking a K-9 is "assault on a police officer." civilians who are convicted of killing a K-9 also have to pay to replace the K-9 and pay for its training.

and this man gets a slap-on-the-wrist fine and a demotion rather than the felony charge & forced restitution he deserves?

yes, i'm sure he was "devastated by the loss" because he knew he couldn't explain his way of a dead police dog in his car by saying he "feared for his life."

prime example of another "above the law" officer.
rex m
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July 31, 2013
you are so right beth, the police uphold the law as long as it doesn't envolve one of their own.
Andy G
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July 30, 2013
Editorial approval? No one believes in free speech anymore...how sad you are.
Barney F.
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July 27, 2013
He should be fired and prosecuted and made to serve jail time. What a cold hearted, cruel, evil person. He should never be allowed to have any civil authority again. What a terrible excuse for a human being.
Andy G
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July 30, 2013
Wheres the murder of a police officer charge, Barn?
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