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DNA-Testing Can Now Identify Who Isn’t Cleaning Up After Their Dog

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I think we are all familiar with the pile of poop in our front yard that doesn’t belong to our animals. If you are looking for a new solution technology may be your answer.

According to the  Associated Press, apartment complexes around the country are starting to crack down on people who don’t pick up their dog poop . . . by giving it a DNA TEST.

As part of the condition for owning a dog, the complexes require owners to use a sampling kit to get their dog’s DNA on file.  Then, when stray poop is found, management can test it and compare it to their database.

Each complex has a different penalty for being the one who left dog poop.  Usually they start with a warning, then escalate to fines.  And if it’s habitual, they could even ban the person from having a dog in the complex.

Jim Simpson runs a vet lab in Tennessee that supplies the testing kits.  He says about 20 properties in the U.S. are using their product.

He charges $30 to test and register each dog’s DNA and then $50 to test poop samples.

Don’t you think it would be more cost effective to have the new guy pick up the extra dog poo around the office complex?

Would you consider using DNA-testing on the unclaimed poop that shows up in your front yard?

 

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