Screenshot via WXIA.

Screenshot via WXIA.

A Woodstock (Ga.) Police officer has been placed on administrative leave after his K-9 died of heat stroke caused when the officer left him in his patrol car at home.

Officer Chad Berry, a 12-year veteran, immediately called his supervisor after discovering Spartacus in his cruiser Monday evening. The Pickens Count Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.

Officer Berry has spent seven years as a K-9 handler with the department and has completed hundreds of hours of training. He and Spartacus recently placed second in a K9 competition, reports WXIA.

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