A police K-9 has died after investigators said its owner left the dog in the back of a patrol car for nearly three hours.
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.