K9 handler removed from unit after animal cruelty investigation

A Rockdale County Sheriff’s Deputy is no longer with the K9 unit following an animal cruelty investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation into possible animal cruelty involving Deputy Eric Tolbert’s personal dogs.

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A search revealed unsanitary conditions and the improper disposal of Tolbert’s dogs, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Tolbert’s K9 was in good condition and was removed and reassigned.

Deputy Tolbert was placed on administrative leave and disciplinary actions administered, according to the Sheriff’s Office.


Tolbert is not facing any criminal charges in connection to the investigation.

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The Sheriff’s Office says he is currently assigned to the uniform patrol division.