Aug 14, 2015 4:57 PM

Tenants skeptical after K9 called in to sniff for bedbugs at Concord apartment complex

CONCORD - Bunker Farm K9 Services is a dog training and dog related services company on New Hampshire’s Seacoast.

On Friday, Bunker Farm showed up at Mennino Place giving the tenants 24 hours to prepare for a dog to come to their apartments and sniff out bedbugs.

NH1 News headed to Mennino Place to try and ask about the inspection.

We found a representative from CATCH, John Walsh and Bunker Farm employee John Usher.

They were tight lipped if when asked if they found anything in the apartments.

“We would ask you to call Rosemary Heard or please speak to the residents," Walsh said. "We're pleased with what we found.:

NH1 News called Heard who runs the community housing agency, and we called Bunker Farm - but our phone calls went unanswered.

Meanwhile, tenants are skeptical of the bug bed sniffing dog.

“When the dog came in, he sniffed the entire apartment and had no issues," said Meagan Palazzolo, a tenant. "But then sat down next to this box that I had.”

After taking a look inside, one of Palazzolo’s neighbors identified a bedbug had crawled in between paperwork. Palazzolo said she didn't think she had bed bugs.

Tenant Jessica Taylor said she knows she has the bugs in her unit, but when she confronted the dog handler, he felt differently.

“He said, 'Nope you’re all clean. Everything is good,'” Taylor said.

Taylor has been saving the bedbugs and freezing them as physical evidence to show the management company.

Taylor put her evidence outside the building's exit, hoping as the K9 left, he would identify the bugs.

But the dog walked right by the containers.


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