K-9 Sunny is ready for the mission
  • Name: Sunny
  • Specialty: Explosives Detection/Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.)
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Black
  • Sex: Female
  • Weight: 63 pounds
  • Birthday: March 7, 2015
  • Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
  • Handler: Special Agent Canine Handler Michael Alongi
  • Location: Newark Field Division

K-9 Sunny is an ATF Explosives Detection Canine assigned to the Newark Field Division with Special Agent Canine Handler (SACH) Michael Alongi. Her job is to find explosives, guns and ammunition. K-9 Sunny 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 Paws with a Cause organization.

Recent Find

K-9 Sunny recently assisted a local police department with the search for a discarded firearm. Police officers responded to a call for “shots fired” by an unknown individual. When authorities arrived, the suspect led them on a foot chase through a wooded area.  

Although they were able to arrest the individual, local police were unable to find the firearm and contacted ATF for assistance. K-9 Sunny and SACH Alongi arrived on the scene to assist with the investigation. Once on site, K-9 Sunny began to search the area and readily located the suspected firearm in the thick wooded area of the crime scene. Local police used the evidence to prosecute the suspect.


Last Reviewed August 8, 2022