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Walton S.O. K9 dies in Newton County accident

COVINGTON — A Walton County K9 was struck and killed by a car late last month when it accidentally got out of its Newton County home.

The K9, Scout, was a 2-year-old bloodhound that was a member of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

According to WCSO Chief Deputy Keith Brooks, the Sheriff’s Office has outdoor kennels behind its jail for its K9s; however, because of severe cold and wintry weather at the end of January, the deputy/handler took Scout to his home in Newton County. Brooks said before the deputy left his home to start his shift on Jan. 28, he put Scout in his garage and had space heaters to keep the K9 warm.

At some point while the deputy was on duty that day, the garage door malfunctioned and the dog got outside.

“When he came back home after his shift, he discovered the garage door was opened and the dog was gone,” Brooks said.

The deputy called the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, thinking his house had been burglarized, said NCSO Deputy Felicia Jefferson.

When the NCSO deputy arrived at the home, the Walton deputy mentioned his K9 was missing. The Newton deputy then remembered that another deputy found an injured bloodhound that had been hit by a car earlier that day.

According to the incident report, NCSO Deputy Charles Cook saw the injured dog near the entrance to Newton Federal Bank on Ga. Highway 36 while driving to work around 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 28 and took the dog to Animal Control.

Jefferson said the animal was later euthanized due to the severity of its injuries. The dog was then placed in the Newton County Landfill, as per county policy.

Brooks said he sent some deputies to the landfill to try to recover Scout’s body, but were unsuccessful.

“This is a very unfortunate situation and our deputy was very upset,” Brooks said. “These K9s become a part of your family, so losing one is very difficult.”