• Name: Sunny
  • Specialty: Explosives Detection
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Black
  • Sex: Female
  • Weight: 53 pounds
  • Birthday: April 14, 2008
  • Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
  • Handler: Special Agent Canine Handler Sheila Fry
  • Location: Washington Field Division

K-9 Sunny came to ATF from the Puppies Behind Bars program, where inmates raise future service dogs. How ironic that she now works to put defendants behind bars. Sunny is trained to find bombs, guns, ammunition and detect up to 19,000 different explosives odor combinations.

During the execution of a federal search warrant on the residence of a person prohibited from possessing firearms, ammunition and explosives, K-9 Sunny located an improvised explosive device (IED) and a large, commercial, pyrotechnic aerial shell that would be used in a 4th of July fireworks show. She also located seven firearms and a large amount of ammunition of various calibers at this residence.

Recently, K-9 Sunny and her handler responded to an illegal fireworks factory explosion. The EDC team searched the surrounding area for M-80 and M-1,000 type devices that survived the blast and were launched into the surrounding neighborhood. Due to the rubble hazard and contamination, Sunny was not used to search the blast seat, but Sunny’s handler, Special Agent Canine Handler/Certified Explosives Specialist (SACH/CES) Sheila Fry entered the area where the building once stood, and removed approximately 75 pounds of aluminum powder and a large quantity and variety of fuse, tubes, ammunition, and firearms.

K-9 Sunny works and lives with her family in Cleveland, Ohio, but travels nationwide. When Sunny is off duty she enjoys cuddling with humans and playing tug-o-war and fetch.


Last Reviewed April 21, 2017