K-9 Grace finds evidence
  • Name: Grace
  • Specialty: Explosives Detection/Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.)
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Black
  • Sex: Female
  • Weight: 67¬†pounds
  • Birthday: September 9, 2018
  • Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
  • Handler: Special Agent Canine Handler Nicholas Dilello
  • Location: Dallas Field Division

K-9 Grace is an ATF Explosives Detection Canine assigned to the Dallas Field Division with Special Agent Canine Handler Nicholas Dilello. Her job is to find explosives, guns and ammunition. She 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 Grace started her training with the Guide Dogs for the Blind foundation.

Recent Find

Recently, K-9 Grace deployed with SACH Dilello to Irving, Texas to support a local police with a search in an area where a murder suspect was apprehended. During the arrest, a dead person was also located at the crime scene along with a 9mm shell casing near the body.

However, the murder weapon was not found. Then K-9 Grace and SACH Dilello were deployed to search the crime scene. K-9 Grace found a 9mm pistol concealed in a backpack and hidden in trees near the suspect's apartment.

The evidence was analyzed by NIBIN and the gun was confirmed as a match linking it to the shell casings found at the crime scene and also connected the gun to another murder.


Last Reviewed May 17, 2022