Created: Fri, 04 Oct 2013 04:17:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 04 Oct 2013 07:30:22 EST
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Furry friends in the Columbia area are getting a special treat this week. On Friday, the Columbia Police Department is holding a "Blessing of the Animals" ceremony at its downtown headquarters. The department's chaplain, Father Anthony Giunta, is conducting the service on the birthday of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Organizers say several Columbia police dogs will also be part of the ceremony.