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Ga. K-9 death under investigation

Officials reportedly saw bite marks on the driver's seat with missing leather

By Jennifer Maddox Parks
The Albany Herald

WARWICK, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating the circumstances leading to the death of a canine connected to the Warwick Police Department last month, officials say.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that the Georgia Humane Society is looking for the handler of the animal, a narcotics detector dog named Sasha, to possibly have felony charges filed against him. A representative from the Humane Society could not be reached for comment Friday.

When The Albany Herald called the Warwick Police Department regarding the matter, a city clerk directed the reporter to City Attorney Tommy Coleman. Coleman said that Warwick Police Chief David Morris asked him for counsel on the situation, after which he advised that letters be written to Tifton Judicial Circuit District Attorney Paul Bowden, the GBI and the Worth County Sheriff's Office regarding the situation.

The incident, Coleman said, happened in the unincorporated area of Worth County, and that the officer -- Lt. Thomas Frye -- was using the dog on behalf of the city while keeping her at his residence. He was also provided a kennel for the animal.

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