Police dogs play an important role for Albany-area law enforcement officials.
The Albany Police Department has one K-9 officer to detect explosives. The Albany Dougherty Drug Unit has two dogs.\
Officials are quick to note, those dogs are considered police officers and anyone who does anything to hurt them could face serious punishment.
"We you know a dog is an office you know just like a human being is its just the canine asset as we call it," said Dougherty County Police Captain Tom Jackson. "If you assault that dog, you can be charged with obstruction of a police officer, or even assault of an officer its just the same."
Dougherty County Police set up a K-9 unit with two dogs six years ago but later discontinued it because of cost and liability issues.