K-9 Barny is ready to pounce at the beach
  • Name: Barny
  • Specialty: Explosives Detection/Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.)
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Yellow
  • Sex: Male
  • Weight: 7 pounds
  • Birthday: November 6, 2019
  • Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
  • Handler: Special Agent Canine Handler Steven Carrico
  • LocationLos Angeles Field Division

K-9 Barny is an ATF Explosives Detection Canine assigned to the Los Angeles Field Division with Special Agent Canine Handler Steven Carrico. K-9 Barny’s job is to find explosives, guns and ammunition.
He is also an ATF Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.) able to work off leash up to 150 yards away from his handler and detect more than 19,000 combinations of explosive odors. K-9 Barny started his training with the Puppies Behind Bars foundation.

Recent Finds

K-9 Barny’s most recent find was in February of 2022 and included him finding a firearm that was discarded by a suspect who was eluding deputies during a foot pursuit in Northern San Diego County. The firearm had gone undiscovered for a week until K-9 Barny alerted police to the firearm that had been concealed deep into thick grassy brush.

K-9 Barny had several significant finds since he was placed in service in June 2021. While assisting with a search warrant in Burbank, California, K-9 Barny alerted investigators to two firearms that were concealed in a “hide away” shelf located above a suspect’s bed. In addition to the two firearms, agents also discovered two large fist-sized bags of methamphetamines. The discovery of these items together led to significant federal charges for the suspect.

In his down time, K-9 Barny enjoys napping and playing with his handler’s kids and family pets. K-9 Barny also likes to play and run in the ocean, chase leaves and chew on his dog toys. K-9 Barny is a great worker and partner for his handler!

Last Reviewed April 25, 2022