I’ve written about former Cherokee County Lt. Daniel Peabody several times, the most recent being  Former Cop And Serial Dog Killer Dan Peabody ~ Manipulative As Ever… on December 3, 2016. On June 10, 2016, when Peabody arrived home from work at 4 pm, he left his partner, K-9 Inka, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, in a 2001 Crown Victoria police sedan which was not equipped with any type of heat sensors, not left running to provide air conditioning and with the windows closed. The outside temperature was in the low to mid 90s that day yet Peabody forgot about his partner for (3) hours. When he finally checked on Inka around 7 pm, she was dead. Peabody raised her from a puppy yet he was so distracted by another dog issue inside his home that he forgot not just a dog, but a dog that was a trained K-9 officer, a dog he spent every hour of his working day with. How does one do that?

Peabody was so distraught that night that he was taken to the hospital. On June 16 he abruptly resigned from his job of (16) years with the Cherokee County School Police Department. Per department policy a necropsy was done which indicated conclusively that K-9 Inka died from heat stroke as suspected. Temperature testing conducted on the car indicated that after about two hours and 45 minutes, the temperature inside K-9 Inka’s crate would have been 130 degrees F. She was trapped inside for (3) hours. K-9 Inka, a living sentient being in addition to being an officer,  roasted to death.

Then the unexpected happened. Investigators received tips that K-9 Inka was not the first dog to die in Peabody’s care. He was partnered with a Golden Labrador, K-9 Dale, from 2007 until Dale’s retirement at age (6) in 2012. Peabody claimed he was so attached to K-9 Dale that he wanted to adopt him which the department allowed. During the initial stages of the investigation into K-9 Inka’s death, when investigators from the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office asked about K-9  Dale, Peabody was evasive but then claimed the dog had choked to death on a tennis ball. During further questioning, Peabody admitted that he shot Dale shortly after his retirement because Dale was “ill” although no veterinary records supported his claim. Chief Marshal Ron Hunton of the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office made the following statement regarding Dale’s death:

Hunton said that Peabody claimed he shot the dog because “it had been aggressive” and suffered “some kind of ailment,” adding that the dog’s skull had a defect that could be consistent with a gunshot wound.

Peabody said Dale was buried at his former home and on June 20, armed with a search warrant, investigators dug until they discovered a dog’s decomposed body. They assumed it was K-9 Dale as there was evidence of a gun shot wound (GSW). Imagine the shock when forensic investigators discovered it was not Dale but a female Belgian Malinois, approximately (10) years old which they suspect was K-9 Inka’s grandmother. She also died from a GSW to her head.

Peabody was arrested on June 22 and charged with animal cruelty in K-9 Inka’s death and with providing a false statement about Dale’s death  He appeared in Cherokee County Superior Court with his attorney on October 13, 2016 where he entered not guilty pleas to (2) counts of aggravated animal cruelty and one count of making a false statement. In December his attorneys filed a motion to quash the indictments  against Peabody. 

On January 18, 2017, Judge Jackson Harris of the Cherokee County Superior Court dropped (2) of the most egregious charges;  aggravated cruelty to animals. Judge Harris left one count remaining, making a false statement to investigators. One media source indicated the false statement pertains to K-9 Inka’s death while another says it is regarding his false statements about the death of K-9 Dale. In either event, he lied. Repeatedly.  He also confessed yet his attorney made a successful argument that Peabody was on duty when K-9 Inka died because as a handler he is on duty continuously:

The state argued that when Peabody left his car and went inside, he “stepped away” from his duties, therefore the law does not apply. However, Peabody contends that as a K-9 handler, his duties related to the police dog are continuous, and the death of Inka happened “during the performance of his duties.”

Needless to say many people, both civilians and law enforcement, were shocked to learn of Judge Harris’s ruling which didn’t come to the media’s attention until February 21, 2017.

Daniel Peabody is a cold-blooded killer. He showed callous disregard for the safety and welfare of his partner K-9 Inka, he murdered his former partner, retired (6) year old K-9 Dale by shooting him in the head shortly after he retired. He also killed a non working dog, a female Belgian Malinois with a GSW to her head. His wife, Tyler Verlander-Peabody, was cited for operating a boarding and training business without a Cherokee County occupation tax certificate, sheriff’s officials said. She was also charged with operating a boarding and training business inside a residential zoned district, and operating a boarding and training business within 75 feet of a residential property. I have been unable to find the outcome of her citations but am fairly confident she was simply given a fine as no animals were reported to be in danger. According to her LinkedIn profile, which has since been deactivated, Tyler Verlander-Peabody  has a company called Mirror Image Farm where she offers riding lessons, horse training and boarding. Her profile indicated she is highly accomplished in Schutzhund and French Ring:

Tyler Verlander is the proud owner of two Belgian Malinois (C’Spot & Freya), two horses (Molly & Tommy), and one pony (Abbey). Tyler has owned dogs all her life ranging from small dachshunds mixes to Anatolian Shepherds and most recently, her competition Belgian Malinois.

Tyler brings 15 years plus of animal training to the learning table. Just as every human learns differently, so do dogs. Tyler’s doggy students are able to be taught in the very individual manner they deserve…tailored to their learning style and delivered in a positive and clear manner. This concept also pertains to her human students so they walk away understanding and comprehending the training concepts so that they can mirror those talents at home.

She has been an active member of the Atlanta Working Dog Club since 2006 where she has been a trainer since 2010. Since 2006, she has been trained by her Coaches Robert J. Leigh (Training Director-AWDC) and Mike Morgan (Vice President-AWDC) in the German sport of Schutzhund (IPO) and French Ring.

Tyler’s dog C’Spot de Atlawor is handler/owner/trained (Titles: CSAU, BH, IPO 1 & 2 & 3-highest level) and Freya de Atlawor (Titles: CSAU, BH, IPO 1 & 2). Tyler’s coaching comes from the top trainers in the US.

Given a life lived full of dogs and her experience with the Atlanta Working Dog Club, Tyler is more than equipped to handle any dog with the care and responsibility needed for the dog owner to rest assured while they are away and/or in training.

Outside of the dogs, Tyler’s other love is in the horse community. She was riding before she could walk. Tyler has been teaching riding lessons and training horses for 12+ years and has trained with some of the top hunter/jumper trainers in the South East. Her company is Mirror Image Farm where she offers riding lessons, horse training/boarding.

Tyler Verlander-Peabody and her husband Daniel Peabody also own a dog training and boarding facility called The Doggy Dorm.

All of these phenomenal accomplishments yet she failed to obtain proper licensing.

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Then I stumbled upon an article and called Georgia to confirm since it was the only reference I could locate. Miraculously it was true. Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon G. Wallace has appealed the lower court’s decision to dismiss the (2) felony charges of aggravated cruelty to animals. The Cherokee County District Attorney calendar log is extremely long so I’ve chosen to insert a screen shot of the page pertaining to Peabody.

screen-shot-2017-02-25-at-4-38-02-pm In closing I’d like to share a few more things. The first is a statement made by Peabody’s defense attorney, David R. Wellingham of Marietta, GA on July 7, 2016. His statement  came on the heels of the discovery of the third dead dog. Attorney Wellingham begins by calling the charges against Peabody  “absolutely baseless.”  He then continues to describe how Daniel and Taylor are grieving:

“Inka’s passing was a horrible and unintentional accident, one that has left Lieutenant Peabody completely devastated,” the statement says. “As their vast network of friends, family and law enforcement colleagues will tell you, Lieutenant Peabody and his wife, Tyler, love and adore animals. Lieutenant Peabody would never, ever intentionally abuse or show cruelty towards any animal, especially his beloved companion, Inka.” 

Attorney Willingham then states Peabody “has lost a member of his family,” and that he and his wife plead for privacy as “they continue to grieve Inka’s passing.”

“The truth will come to light, not in a court of public opinion, but in a court of law,” the statement goes on to say. “Until that time, the Peabody’s urge the public to withhold judgment and take false and distorted media reports with a healthy dose of skepticism. The Peabodys would like to thank their friends and loved ones for their continued love and support during this most difficult time.”

Next, a photo of the (2) deceased K-9s, Inka and Dale

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K-9 Inka EOW June 10, 2016
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Retired K-9 Dale EOW 2012?

K-9 Inka
EOW June 10, 2016
Cherokee County School Police Department, GA
She has gone home to rest for the final time
“Officer Kilo Inka is 10-42 … Good Girl Inka”

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Retired K-9 Dale
EOW ?2012?
Cherokee County School Police Department, GA
He has gone home to rest for the final time
“Retired Officer Kilo Dale is 10-42 … Good Boy Dale”

The first to sense the hostility of a suspect,
The first to react to protect his master.
The first to enter where danger lurks.
The first to detect the hidden intruder.
The first to take action against violence.
The first to sense his master’s joy.
The first to know his master’s sorrow or fear.
The first to give his life in defense of his master.
The last to be forgotten by those who work with others like him.
They know him as a “Partner,” not just an animal.

Finally, where are retired K-9 Dale’s remains? 

7 thoughts on “K9 Killer Dan Peabody Had Major Charges Dropped But DA Appeals…

  1. This guy is sick, plain and simple. The response by his lawyer near the end made me want to throw up. Allow them to grieve. And she’s narcissistic. Anyone can fill up a LinkedIn profile and make it sound outstanding but at the end of the day most of it is embellished. He’s an innocent victim yet EVERY newspaper I’ve read reported that he confessed to K9 Dale’s murder ( after he gave a few versions that is). Bonded with Dale so much he just had to adopt him – so he could put a bullet in his skull. Tells investigators Dale’s body is buried at former house but turns out to be an older female Mal. Does he kill so many that he gets mixed up where he buries them? Every day handlers and their dogs work to protect and serve. They’re a team unlike this guy who’s a blight! His wife has pictures all over the internet showing her litters of Mals. You should check because looks like any BYB. Guess Danny Boy blows their brains out if they don’t measure up to her standards as she reigns supreme in everything from dog training, competition, horse racing and hunting . Tell me, would you board your dog at their doggy house of horrors? Hope that DA nails him.

  2. Love means never leaving the loved one alone in whatever situation, unacceptable behaviour, not a single defense stands up for him, I am sorry, dogs love us unconditionally and trust us, and what do we humans do? thank you for highlighting this again D, still so sad to read it again.

  3. He is more than a disgrace to police officers but also a blight on society. Takes a “real man” to shoot a dog in the head with a gun! Not a strange dog that is threatening you but ones you worked with day by day for years! And if Wonder Woman is so proficient in dog training, why did he have to stay inside the house for 3 hours to take care of a dog issue? Leaving K9 Inka to suffer a slow and horrible death? Judging by all the puppy pictures she posted, the older female BM was probably executed because she’d lost her ability to reproduce and no longer one of the Peabody’s cash cows. Completely disgusting. I agree with other commenters in that I hope the DA finds a way to recharge this predator. And a doggy daycare?? I wouldn’t take a pet snake to any place either one of them were involved in.
    As for poor K9 Dale. I thought about what one commenter said, looked at the wife’s FB & web page links again (which I like about your blog because you give us links) & agree. Who really knows how many dogs or even puppies he’s shot over the years? Wonder Women is all about perfection and winning that if a pup is born with a physical defect who’s to say he didn’t kill it? Wouldn’t be the first backyard breeder to do it. He probably does lose track of where he buries them.
    I feel sorry for the K9s he was partnered with because he failed them in the worst way possible. I feel sorry for the BM he shot & buried at his previous house. I also feel sorry for all the good police that put on a uniform every day & go to work knowing they might get killed. POS like Peabody make them look bad. It’s twisted guys like him that are part of the reason police get targeted. The legal system in our country often fails but I hope it doesn’t in his case.

  4. How many ways can you spell SICK because something is definitely wrong with him. And the really scary thing is he gives the impression that he actually believes he’s the victim. When I read awhile ago how he complained to the court because he was banned from being around animals I snickered until I read that the judge agreed and modified the ban. Now this. Charges dropped because as a handler he’s on duty 24/7 so being inside his house for 3 hours while K9 Inca suffered and died was alll in a days work? Does the judge drink the same water because that’s crazy. But everything about this is crazy. Killing 2 K9s and at least one other dog, your wife posting all these happy dance pictures at the same time your lawyer is telling the press how the family is grieving etc. I’m hitching my wagon to the DA as well. Somebody has to care and I think she just might be the one. And where is poor K9 Dales body?

  5. He’s a disgusting putrid person who deserves to be in jail for the death of two K9 officers. I know K9 Dale was retired but once a cop always a cop. #BackTheBlue

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