K-9 Ronnie sits at attention in an open field
  • Name: Ronnie
  • Specialty: Explosives Detection/Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.)
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Yellow
  • Sex: Female
  • Weight: 73 pounds
  • Birthday: March 17, 2019
  • Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
  • Handler: Special Agent Canine Handler Jason Bunch
  • Location: New Orleans Field Division

K-9 Ronnie is an ATF Explosives Detection Canine assigned to the New Orleans Field Division with Special Agent Canine Handler Jason Bunch. K-9 Ronnie’s 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 Ronnie started her training with the Puppy Behind Bars foundation.

Ronnie spends much of her combating violent crime in the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the surrounding parishes. She also participates in protective sweeps for special events around the country. During her deployments, Ronnie found shell casings and weapons used in homicides.

Recent Find

While searching a crime scene off-leash in the woods of Mississippi, K-9 Ronnie’s nose took her into a thicket behind an abandoned house, where she found a rifle hidden under some leaves. A ballistics match confirmed it was a weapon used and hidden by a suspect in a recent murder.

In her spare time, K-9 Ronnie enjoys exploring the countryside with her friends including local horses, chickens, and German shepherds. Her nicknames include “Ronnie Mae” and “Ronnie Beans.”

Last Reviewed April 13, 2022