The Pitt County Sheriff's Office recognized the five newest, certified members of the department Thursday, all canines. We got a look at their tactical skills. Deputies say finding a drug stash is like finding gold for the dogs. Their handlers train a few thousand hours to get the certification, plus they keep the dogs with them on and off the clock
"It's like bringing your child to work with you everyday. Not only do you have to take care of your needs, you have to take care of the dog's needs," said Sheriff Neil Elks.
"It's an awesome feeling when you find the lost child out there in the woods somewhere. Its a great feeling when your dog finds narcotics," said Deputy K9 Handler Macon Moore.
Most deputies say after they decide to retire the dog and they've had enough time with the force, they'll keep them as pets.