Claudette

K-9 Claudette poses in front of a flag
  • 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

Recent Find

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.
 

 

Last Reviewed October 8, 2020