News Bedbug-sniffing dogs honored by NYC after 25,000 inspections Bedbug-sniffing dogs Nemo, left, and Mickey, right, were honored Wednesday by the commissioner for NYC's Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Photo Credit: Alison Fox By Alison Fox firstname.lastname@example.org Updated September 27, 2017 4:05 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email It’s a ruff job. A pair of bedbug-sniffing beagles, Mickey and Nemo, were honored Wednesday, getting a “round of aPAWse” from the commissioner for the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The dogs, who inspect more than a dozen homes each day, were presented with sweaters with their names on them, a certificate of appreciation and a sizable bone. “These dogs have literally worked their tails off,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer, standing with Mickey and Nemo in the J. Hood Wright Park in Washington Heights. “Clearly we have the upper hound in this fight against bedbugs.” Torres-Springer, who said she was “in puppy love” with the two 7-year-old dogs, said they have responded to more than 25,000 inspections, about half of all complaints. Of those, about 10,000 have resulted in a violation. Mickey and Nemo have been with HPD since 2011, when the City Council paved the way to fund the pups. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer — a member of the City Council at the time — helped allocate the funding to purchase the dogs from Kansas and train them in New York. Brewer presented the dogs with a certificate of appreciation and a small badge, to much barking and fanfare. “They are such great dogs,” Brewer said. By Alison Fox email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.