K-9 Sara laying down by a brick wall
  • Name: Sara 
  • Specialty: Explosives Detection/Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.)
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Yellow 
  • Sex: Female
  • Weight: 70 pounds
  • Birthday: March 25, 2016 
  • Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
  • Handler: Special Agent Canine Handler Michael Hodnett
  • Location: Baltimore Field Division

K-9 Sara is an ATF Explosives Detection Canine assigned to the Baltimore Field Division with Special Agent Canine Handler (SACH) Michael Hodnett. Her job is to find explosives, guns and ammunition. K-9 Sara 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. She started her training with the Auburn University Canine Training program. 

Recent Find

In May 2020, K-9 Sara and SACH Hodnett worked on a homicide investigation involving an elderly couple in Bear, Delaware. The local police requested assistance in locating evidence. Once she arrived at the crime scene, K-9 Sara found the handgun the suspect dropped at the scene based on a ballistics match. 


Last Reviewed October 6, 2020