K-9 Wes at Mount Rushmore
  • Name: Wes
  • Specialty: Explosives Detection/Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.)
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Black
  • Sex: Male
  • Weight: 64 pounds
  • Birthday: March 12, 2013
  • Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
  • Handler: Special Agent Canine Handler Clifford Sutton 
  • LocationSeattle Field Division

K-9 Wes is an ATF Explosives Detection Canine assigned to the Seattle Field Division with Special Agent Canine Handler(SACH) Clifford Sutton. K-9 Wes’s job is to find explosives, guns and ammunition.

He is also an ATF Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.)able to work off leash up to 150 yards away from his handler and detect more than 19,000 distinct odors. K-9 Wes started his training with the New York Puppies Behind Bars foundation.

In his off-time, K-9 Wes loves taking a dive into the waters of the Great Pacific Northwest which includes the multiple rivers, oceans and lakes. K-9 Wes also loves his new toys, a good game of tug of war, and is always up for an adventure.

Recent Find

The local Pierce County police contacted ATF for assistance on investigation a murder in Pierce County, Washington. SACH Sutton and K-9 Wes responded to the request and conducted a search for evidence.

K-9 Wes recovered the firearm that was a ballistics match to the weapon used in the homicide.

Last Reviewed April 25, 2022