New York seeks bedbug sniffing dogs to ease bedbug epidemic

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New York is looking for a few good dogs.

City housing inspectors want to buy two bedbug-sniffing pooches to help track down the nasty critters that are a growing menace in New York homes.

“It’s something we’ve been looking at as we’ve seen the violations increase,” said Eric Bederman, spokesman for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

“It’s going to be a few months before we get them in house.”

He cautioned that with 12,768 bedbug complaints last year, the dogs won’t be able to go on every inspection.

The city’s bedbug plague has temporarily shut down stores, forced residents to move and left beleaguered New Yorkers suffering from red welts and bites.

Full story: Don’t sniff at city’s plan-housing officials want to buy bedbug-sniffing dogs