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What Is The K-9 Unit Doing At New York Fashion Week?

Fashion police: a (very cute) member of the K-9 unit has been sniffing backstage and walking the runways before shows. And of course, posing for photo ops.

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On Tuesday afternoon, the Jenny Packham fashion show was nearly ready to start: the lights went dim, the crowded pit of photographers took their places, and PR girls with clipboards made sure Christina Hendricks found her seat. But before the crew could lift the protective cellophane from the runway, the K-9 unit would have to complete its sweep.

Over the past few days, a K-9 unit dog and its accompanying police officer have been spotted all over Lincoln Center, the headquarters of New York Fashion Week where many of the runway shows take place. The dogs have been backstage, on runways before shows, and around the main lobby area.

On Thursday, the first day of Fashion Week, a K-9 unit dog even posed for a photo in the "Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge."

Show attendees didn't recall seeing the canine police in past seasons, and wondered what the dog, which wears a large "Do Not Pet" sign, has been sniffing for — Drugs? Bombs? A representative from IMG, which produces Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, wrote in an email: "For obvious reasons we do not comment on our security protocols."

Here are some photos of the dog:

According to someone on Twitter, her name is Shea.

#NYC#Dogs#NYFW meet Shea. She's 3. Shea is a real K-9 dog. I couldn't pet her. That was tough. But she's a sweetie

Doug Nelson

@DougieNelsonNYC

#NYC#Dogs#NYFW meet Shea. She's 3. Shea is a real K-9 dog. I couldn't pet her. That was tough. But she's a sweetie

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On the runway.

We have a guest this year: K-9 unit has been all over @LincolnCenter and @MBfashionweek ... #NYFW

Laurie Brookins

@StyleWriterNYC

We have a guest this year: K-9 unit has been all over @LincolnCenter and @MBfashionweek ... #NYFW

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And backstage.

K-9 unit making the rounds backstage at #NYFW and the doggy definitely smells something.

araceli

@chelipj

K-9 unit making the rounds backstage at #NYFW and the doggy definitely smells something.

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