You see, Ajax isn't just any dog - he's a police dog. And to this department, that means police property.
"The dog is property of the city of Marietta," the city's law director Paul Betram III told WBNS-10. "Because it is personal property, it is treated like a shovel. That's just the way it is."
The "it" in question, in case you were wondering, is a living, breathing animal, a dog who has been serving his city with distinction alongside Hickey for three years.
The city, for its part, is now promising to listen to the public's complaints. It posted late Friday night on Facebook: