K-9 officer dies after being left in patrol car

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The Cherokee County Marshal's Office and the Cherokee Sheriff's Office were called out to the home of a Cherokee County School Police officer Friday after getting a call that the police K-9 had died.

The officer told investigators he arrived home around 4:15 p.m. and left the 4-year-old Belgian Malinois named Inka in the back of the car with the engine off while he dealt with another dog inside his home.

Around 7 p.m. the officer remembered he left Inka in the car and found the dog had died.

Investigators said Inka will be taken to The University of Georgia for a necropsy. The investigation into Inka's death continues.

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