Posts on Jan 1970

DPD Investigating Animal Cruelty Case

The Dalton Police Department is seeking information from the public to help officers determine who abandoned a puppy on the side of the road sealed in a taped up cardboard box. The puppy found by some kids in the neighborhood and rescued by Dalton firefighters who called police to investigate.


The puppy was found near the intersection of Needham Drive and Kammi Street in Dalton around noon on June 7th. Some kids in the area apparently found the box and called 911, and when firefighters from Engine 2 responded they were able to get the puppy out of the box. They then called Dalton Police officers to investigate. The puppy was sealed in a box with markings from Doctors Foster And Smith Affordable Quality Pet Care. The puppy is a female white and black dog, most likely a Jack Russell terrier. She appears to be approximately 8 weeks old. Despite being sealed in a box with temperatures in the 80’s, the puppy was healthy and playful once she was freed. The dog was taken by Animal Control and turned over to a local rescue organization. She is safe.


Officers are hoping that someone will recognize the puppy and know who owned her or possibly know who owned the litter from which she came. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to please contact Officer Serena Martin at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 240 or email


Below: The abandoned puppy and the box in which she was found



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DPD Officers Provide Life-Saving Care To Patient

Three officers from the Dalton Police Department are being credited with providing critical care to a man an unconscious man who stopped breathing on Tuesday night. As the first responders on scene, the three officers were able to provide CPR to the patient until an ambulance arrived. The patient was breathing with a normal heart rate when he was taken to the hospital.



Officers were dispatched to the North Georgia Fairgrounds at 500 Legion Drive on Tuesday night at approximately 8:00 pm with a report of a man who had stopped breathing. When Officer Dexter Kapur arrived, he found a 65-year old man unresponsive on the ground. Officer Kapur began to give chest compressions to the patient and continued while Sergeant Woody Cantrell set up an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the patient. The AED analyzed the patient’s vitals and advised that the patient needed a shock, which Sergeant Cantrell delivered. After the shock, the patient began to gasp for air and Officer Blake Edwards began to deliver air using a CPR mask while Officer Kapur resumed chest compressions. The officers continued CPR until Dalton firefighters and Hamilton EMS paramedics arrived to take over the patient’s care. The patient was transported with normal heart and respiration rates to Hamilton Medical Center, where at last report he was being treated.



The Dalton Police Department provides CPR training and certification for officers every two years using guidelines from the American Heart Association.

Below (left to right): Sergeant Woody Cantrell and Officers Dexter Kapur and Blake Edwards

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Citizen Survey Responses Needed

Last month, the Dalton Police Department mailed out a Citizen Survey to randomly selected Dalton residents and now the agency is waiting for the responses. The responses will be used as part of the creation of the agency’s next Strategic Plan. Anyone who has received a survey in the mail but has not yet returned it is urged to please do so using the included envelope. Survey forms are also available at the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street for anyone who was not randomly selected to participate but would like to.


The department conducts a Citizen Survey every three years to identify issues within the community and the agency itself which need to be addressed in the upcoming Strategic Plan.  After completion of the survey, the department conducts a review of both the citizen and employee surveys and the previous Strategic Plan by committees of agency employees and Dalton citizens.


The department’s current three-year plan runs through 2018 and the new plan will cover 2019-2021. The survey is also part of the agency’s accreditation process with CALEA (the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc).


To achieve a random and representative sample of the population, the police department has used its records management software to select a random sample of citizens who have had contact with the department proportional to the demographic makeup of Dalton.

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DPD Investigating Report Of Missing Woman

The Dalton Police Department is asking for help from the public locating 34-year old Stacy Griggs Leadingham (formerly Stacy Griggs). Leadingham is a former Dalton resident who now resides in West Virginia, but was visiting Dalton around Memorial Day and has been reported missing by friends in town.


Leadingham was staying at the Motel 6 at 2200 Chattanooga Road on May 28th and clerks there reported that she checked out on May 29th.  She was reportedly last seen by her friends here on May 29th. Leadingham is a 34 year old white female standing 5’4” tall and weighing approximately 130 pounds. She has blue eyes and blonde hair, but has also had brown hair in the past. A picture of Ms. Leadingham is included with this release.


Anyone who has information on Ms. Leadingham’s whereabouts is asked to please contact Detective Matthew Lowery at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 133.

Below: A Facebook photo of Stacy Leadingham

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