- Specialty: Explosives Detection/Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.)
- Breed: Labrador Retriever
- Color: Yellow
- Sex: Female
- Weight: 80 pounds
- Birthdate: November 12, 2014
- Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
- Handler: ATF Special Agent Canine Handler David McMullen
- Location: Columbus Field Division
K-9 Opelika aka “Opey” is an Explosive Detection Canine (EDC), and is trained as a Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.), for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Opey was born on Nov. 12, 2014, and was raised as a participant of the University of Auburn’s Explosive Detection Canine breeding program. Opey graduated from the ATF S.E.E.K. Training Facility in Front Royal, Va., on June 24, 2016, and is currently assigned to the Columbus Field Division.
Opey has the ability to be sent off-leash to specific targets such as vehicles or luggage, up to 150 meters. Once at the target, she can be directed using hand and whistle signals to search for explosives and/or firearms. As a SEEK trained K-9, Opey may be deployed off leash to targets over 100 yards away. If an odor is detected, she will alert her handler by sitting. If no odor is detected, she will wait to be recalled by her handler or directed to another target.
K-9 Opey’s primary mission is to assist ATF agents and other law enforcement officers in locating explosives, handguns and ammunition. In her spare time, Opey enjoys playing fetch, swimming, and napping on the floor near her family, while they watch TV.