ATF K-9, Vegas, a yellow labrador retriever, in front of the American flag
  • Name:Vegas
  • Specialty: Explosives Detection/Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.)
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Yellow
  • Sex: Female
  • Weight: 67 pounds
  • Birthday: May 11, 2013
  • Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
  • Handler: Special Agent Canine Handler Daniel Neie
  • Location: Louisville Field Division

K-9 Vegas is an Explosives Detection Canine (EDC), and is trained as a Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.). As a SEEK trained K-9, Vegas has been trained to detect up to 19,000 explosive odor combinations. Vegas is trained to look for these odors while working as a traditional EDC, or without a leash, while working remotely. When off leash, Vegas can be deployed over 100 yards away to a specific target. She will then search the target (which could be any object or location) and will alert her handler if she detects the presence of an explosive odor. Once she has completed the task, she can either be recalled or sent to another location. This ability to work off leash, and remotely, greatly increases Vegas’ efficiency and expands the types of terrain that she can readily search.

K-9 Vegas’ primary mission is to assist ATF agents and other law enforcement officers in locating explosives, handguns and ammunition. When not at work, Vegas enjoys being with people, playing with other dogs, and chasing bugs.


Last Reviewed June 7, 2021