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Acworth police are mourning one of their own: a narcotics detection dog who died of heatstroke in a patrol car late Monday.
Marco, a narcotics-detecting dog, died after being left in an Acworth police officer's patrol car.
CORRECTION: Information about the officer's schedule was incorrect in a previous version of this article. He was not working a second shift at the time he left the dog in his patrol car.
Capt. Wayne Dennard, a spokesman for the Acworth police department, said the dog's handler was "just torn up" about the death.
Marco, a 6-year-old Belgian malinois, was trained to track and detect narcotics. His nose could sniff out anything that had been near drugs.
In his five years with the department, Marco had found thousands of dollars' worth of drugs, Dennard said.
[Brenda] Slaby is the assistant principal whose young daughter died after she left her in a hot SUV.
Slaby's 2-year-old daughter Cecilia died in Slaby's SUV while strapped in a car seat for more than seven hours at the school. Slaby said she forgot the child while preparing for a staff meeting for the beginning of the school year.
Prosecutors decided not to prosecute the assistant principal for her role in the infant's death.
Chandler police Sgt. Tom Lovejoy, arrested after his police dog died in a hot patrol car, pleaded not guilty Tuesday via paperwork presented by his lawyer in Justice Court in Chandler.
Lovejoy faces up to six months in jail, more than $1,000 in fines, probation and prohibition from owning another animal if convicted of animal-cruelty charges. [emphasis mine]