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By Len Kiese - bio | email

September 30, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Combined they have eight legs and four eyes and they're ready to put some teeth into crime-fighting in Dougherty County.

German Shepherds Dome' and Goliath are new members of the Dougherty County Police force. They hit the streets about six weeks ago. On Tuesday, members of the community who helped bring the dogs to Dougherty County got an up-close look at what the K-9's can do.

They're trained for search and rescue. In a matter of seconds on Tuesday, Dome' located a small 40-caliber bullet shell and a shotgun shell.

"This is a novel thing," says Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek, "we have not had working K-9's other than drug dogs in Dougherty County or Albany since the 1960's. These dogs are going to be a tremendous help to not only my agency but other first responders."

Chief Cheek says the K-9's would not be here without the help of generous donations from members of the community and businesses. It cost more than $20,000 to buy, train and house the dogs. DCP hopes to get two more in the future.  

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