- Name: Titan
- Specialty: Explosives Detection
- Breed: Labrador Retriever
- Color: Yellow
- Sex: Male
- Weight: 73 pounds
- Birthday: May 2, 2012
- Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
- Handler: Special Agent Canine Handler Daniel Kaase
- Location: Dallas Field Division
K-9 Titan is one of four new graduates from ATF’s Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K) program and is a trained Explosives Detection Canine (EDC). He came to ATF from a local vendor at 22 months old. K-9 Titan is a very large Labrador, so his name suits him well. He has the ability to be sent off-leash to specific targets such as vehicles or luggage, up to 150 meters. Once at the target, he can be directed using hand and whistle signals to search for explosives and/or firearms. If K-9 Titan detects explosives and/or firearms he will alert his handler by sitting. By sending him down range, this provides the handler with an extra level of safety by allowing the handler to be at distance away from the target being searched.
Titan is all work and excels in open environments searching for explosive-related materials to include firearms, ammunition shell casings and explosives. Although he is large in stature, Titan leaves no small spaces unsearched. Titan’s operational home working area is the entire state of Oklahoma, North and West Texas up to the New Mexico border. When called upon, Titan always responds to the situation and is eager to serve.
K-9 Titan came to ATF from the state of Washington. He currently lives in North Texas just outside of Fort Worth with its large expanse of countryside. Titan feels right at home, because he is very rambunctious and loves to run
K9 Titan and his partner Special Agent Canine Handler Daniel Kaase were called to assist in a search for evidence by the U.S. Border Patrol, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and Texas Game Wardens at the scene of a shooting.
The suspects, believed to be involved in a robbery spree in New Mexico, participated in multiple carjacking’s as they fled to Texas attempting to cross into Mexico when they were stopped by USBP.
At some point during the initial stop, shots were fired at the Border Patrol agent and the suspects again fled south in a vehicle, which they eventually abandoned in a remote part of the country.
The suspects next encountered Texas Parks and Wildlife and DPS and were shot during the confrontation.
SACH Kaase and K9 Titan arrived at the scene of the shooting to assist in a five-and-a-half hour search and recovery of evidence in the remote part of the country.