Dog on bedbug patrol at New York store

Aug. 13, 2010 at 1:42 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A high-end New York retailer said it has hired an insect-detecting beagle to keep the store free of bedbugs amid a citywide infestation.

Officials with Bergdorf Goodman said no bedbugs have yet been detected at the store, but they are remaining vigilant after outbreaks were reported at New York Victoria's Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister stores, the New York Daily News reported Friday.

"We haven't had any reported cases of bedbugs, but it seems to be something everybody is concerned about," said Ginger Reeder, vice president of corporate communications for Bergdorf Goodman. "The anxiety level is clearly high in New York. It seemed important to go the extra mile."

Reeder said the bug-sniffing beagle has been patrolling the store after closing for several weeks and will remain on guard until bedbug cases in the city decrease.

Shoppers welcomed the store's efforts to control pests.

"It's an attraction for me," said Lucy Ivers, 25, a Bergdorf shopper and a nanny from Melbourne, Australia. "I like dogs and I don't care for bedbugs."

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