Two candidates for Putnam County sheriff agree on many things.
However, they have a small disagreement on an age-old conflict - man versus beast.
Asked whether they would hire an additional deputy or get a police dog if the department could afford only one of the two, Republican Steve DeWeese and Democrat Bud Lett split while meeting with the Daily Mail editorial board.
DeWeese said he would go for the dog.
"I'd like the manpower," Lett said.
The Putnam County Sheriff's Department does not have a police dog, DeWeese said. The department retired its last one about 18 months ago, he said.
"I think it was one of the best K-9 units in the state," DeWeese said.
The dogs can be used to track suspects and find drugs and explosives without exposing an officer to a dangerous situation.
Lett also would like for the department to have a dog.
"But the deputy would be a higher priority," he said.
Lett would opt for what he called a "passive" K-9, which is not used as an attack animal. This type of dog is safer to use in schools during drug searches.
"You don't have to worry about them hurting anyone," he said.
DeWeese told a story to illustrate his opinion that dogs are an important part of any law enforcement department. During his service as a Putnam County deputy, he entered a home where a suspected burglary was taking place.
As he searched the rooms, he detected a suspect in hiding. DeWeese loudly announced that the suspect should surrender or he would send in the dog.
The suspect - who turned out to be armed - gave up and was arrested. DeWeese then acknowledged to the suspect that he had no dog.
"I bluffed him," he said.
Both candidates have extensive law enforcement experience. DeWeese was a correctional officer from 1990-1996 at the Putnam County Jail. He was a deputy with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department from 1996-2011, resigning when he decided to run for sheriff.