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Posted on March 4, 2008 with No Comments
“Radar the beagle and Taz the Australian kelpie are part of a crack team of sniffer dogs sweeping apartments and hotel rooms across the city to combat an infestation that has reached plague like proportions. “
“We are inundated with requests from hotels and apartment owners,” said Carl Massicott, the mastermind behind Advanced K9 Detectives, which has six dogs working steadily and two more in training. “
“The animals are specially trained to root out the pesky, blood-sucking insects, which nest in mattresses, upholstery and other furniture.”
“Radar and Taz, rescued from shelters, were trained using the same techniques as drug- and bomb-sniffing dogs. “
They truly are mans best friend! Taking these dogs from rescue shelters and training them served a dual purpose. It gives these shelter dogs a new lease on life. They are doing what all dogs like to do, please there human. It does leave some questions in my mind though.
What happens when these dogs are no longer useful? How do they know when they aren’t useful any longer? What is the purpose of having the dogs but not implementing a treatment program? So people who use the “hunting dog” still have to hire a pest control company. Essentially they will be paying twice. While the dog may be useful is he worth the additional money? A licensed pest control company certainly employs an inspector who can tell you the same thing.
To read more on this article go to http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2008/03/03/2008-03-03_noses_of_trained_dogs_hunting_bedbugs_in.html