‘Healthy’ Georgia K9 named Khan dies in police car after cop unplugged to warn him when car gets too hot
- Monroe County Sgt Willie Barkley was demoted to deputy and suspended for leaving his K9 partner Khan in a hot car resulting in the dog’s death
- The four-year-old Belgian Malinois was healthy when he died in the hot patrol car after Barkley forgot to take him out at the end of his shift
- Barkley’s car is equipped with a device that warns the K9 handler if the temperature in the car gets too high, but the plug is unplugged
- Temperatures on the day of the incident were in the 1970s, but in the car it may have been 90 degrees
- Monroe County sheriff called K9 officer’s death ‘an avoidable accident’
A Georgia sheriff’s K-9 died after his handler left the dog in a hot patrol car for hours, leading to the sergeant’s demotion.
Monroe County Sheriff Brad Freeman said Sgt. Willie Barkley, now a deputy, was working overnight on May 13 when he left K-9 officer Khan asleep in the car while finishing his reports in the driveway of his home.
In the early hours of May 14, Barkley entered the house and left the four-year-old Belgian Malinois in the patrol car, instead of taking the dog to his hutch in the yard.
Monroe County Sgt Willie Barkley has been demoted to deputy and was suspended for leaving his K9 partner, Khan, (pictured together, left) in a hot car, resulting in the dog’s death
Khan, who had no health problems, had worked at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office since 2018, where he worked drug and investigative operations
The vehicle is equipped with a device that will alert the handler if the temperature in the car gets too hot, but Freeman told 13WMAZ that Barkley had unplugged because he would be off for the next three days.
“You can spend all the money in the world on technology, but there is still a human factor,” said Freeman.
When Barkely woke up hours later to feed his four-legged friend, he found Khan dead in the patrol car.
There were no health problems in the dog. The dog was healthy. Although it was not a warm day, the temperature that day was around 79. Many people do not realize that it is 79 outside, which is not warm for us, but in the car it can rise as high as 20 degrees. It could be 90+ degrees in that car. That’s why no one can handle that – human or animal, ”Freeman told the station.
Monroe County Sheriff Brad Freeman, pictured left with Barkley, called Khan’s death ‘an avoidable accident’
Freeman called the dog’s death “an avoidable accident.”
Freeman said Barkley had been demoted to deputy and was transitioning from field operations to working in prison. He was also suspended for five days without pay.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anna Lewis said Khan has been with the department since 2018, working in drug and investigation operations.
The internal affairs department of the sheriff’s office determined that the dog’s death was an accident.