K-9 Babs at the waterfront
  • Name: Babs
  • Specialty: Explosives Detection/Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.)
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Yellow
  • Sex: Female
  • Weight: 52 pounds
  • Birthday: December 19, 2016 
  • Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
  • Handler: Special Agent Canine Handler Zane Dodds
  • Location: Miami Field Division

K-9 Babs is an ATF Explosives Detection Canine assigned to the Miami Field Division with Special Agent Canine Handler (SACH) Zane Dodds. Her job is to find explosives, guns and ammunition. K-9 Babs is also an ATF Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.) able to work off leash up to 150 yards away from her handler and detect more than 19,000 distinct odors. K-9 Babs started her training with the National Guide Dog for the Blind organization.

Recent Find

K-9 Babs recently worked with ATF agents in South Florida on an investigation when she alerted them to a container during the evidence search. The agents obtained a federal search warrant for the container and found 20 illegal machine guns hidden inside.

Since graduating from the ATF National Canine Academy, K-9 Babs has recovered over 1,000 shell casings at various crime scenes throughout southern Florida. She has also found multiple improvised explosive devices while assisting local, state and federal agencies with criminal investigations in the Miami area.

Last Reviewed April 11, 2022