For years, K-9's have been an important part of the Dooly County Sheriff's office and this weekend was a very busy one for the dogs.
While one unit was sent to track down a couple of armed robbery suspects who had just robbed a gas station, another unit was called in to track down a man wanted for burning down woods near a home.
A police K-9 is one of the most valuable tools in law enforcement. The dogs help officers find drugs, locate fugitives, detect explosives and they can even help save someone's life. "It would be a lot more difficult if we did not have the use of the dogs," said Marsha Peavy.
Sunday night, officers had to make use of not just one K-9 but two. "We had two calls at the same time for our k-9 unit to respond," said Peavy.
Around 10:00 officers were called to an armed robbery at the Citgo where two suspects, one with a shotgun and one with a handgun robbed a clerk at gunpoint and took off running towards the interstate with the cash.
"Our first K-9 unit deployed his dog where we think they got into a vehicle and left and we did get a direction of travel," she said.
Another unit was deployed to track down a suspect who was making threats and trying to burn down a wooded area near homes.
"The suspect that tried to burn the woods down, we tracked him to a vehicle where we think we left," she said.
Officers say both dogs were instrumental in helping officers determine a direction to search, even in the intense heat. "Our tracks ended up being very lengthy, so we had to break the dogs and rest them," she said.
Those armed robbers are still on the loose. If you have any information contact the Dooly County Sheriff's Office right away.
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