- Name: Claudette
- Specialty: Explosives Detection
- Breed: Labrador Retriever
- Color: Black
- Sex: Female
- Weight: 53 pounds
- Birthday: May 4, 2017
- Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
- Handler: Special Agent Canine Handler Andrea DeVilliers
- Location: Houston Field Division
K-9 Claudette is an ATF Explosives Detection Canine assigned to the Houston Field Division with Special Agent Canine Handler (SACH) Andrea DeVilliers. Her job is to find explosives, guns and ammunition. K-9 Claudette 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 Claudette started her training with the Guide Dog Foundation.
K-9 Claudette and SACH DeVilliers recently supported a local police department’s capital murder investigation in order to find the murder weapon. Once they arrived on the scene, K-9 Claudette began searching the area off-leash with a goal of finding the discarded firearm in the thick brush of the embankment of a bridge overpass.
Within 5 minutes of beginning her search, K-9 Claudette located the evidence and alerted SACH DeVilliers to the presence of the firearm. The recovery of the firearm was critical to the homicide investigation and subsequent prosecution.