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Tulsa main library invites special dog to sweep for bedbugs
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Tulsa main library invites special dog to sweep for bedbugs

Tulsa main library invites special dog to sweep for bedbugs
Photo Credit: Courtesy: John Francher, Tulsa City-County Library

Tulsa main library invites special dog to sweep for bedbugs

The Tulsa Central Library downtown remained closed for a second day after a patron discovered bedbugs in some of the furniture, and a specially-trained dog came to town to sweep the building for further infestation.

Tulsa City-County Library CEO Gary Shaffer updated KRMG on the situation Wednesday afternoon.

The bedbugs were initially discovered about noon on Tuesday when a customer was bitten.

Wednesday, Shaffer told KRMG the trained beagle "Ms. Liberty Belle" from Norman, Oklahoma had arrived and was sweeping the building.

That process was expected to take several hours, and the report generated by her owners another several hours, so Shaffer said it would likely be Thursday morning before the building reopens to the public.

The area affected was on the Second Floor, and largely contained to a perimeter of about 1,000 square feet, Shaffer says.

Still, any stuffed furniture from floors two through four were removed and replaced with metal and/or plastic furniture.

Shaffer noted that the library was going to undergo a major facelift beginning in Spring of 2013 so the furniture was going to be replaced in any case.

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