DNA Tests Nab Poop-Scoop Scofflaws

Apartment buildings require dog DNA samples for tracking
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 27, 2011 8:06 AM CDT
Timberwood Commons apartment complex manager Debbie Violette poses at her desk with a DNA test kit for pets Friday, June 24, 2011 in Lebanon, N.H.   (Jim Cole)
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(Newser) – Here's the scoop: Some apartment complexes are using DNA testing on dog doo to find out who's not cleaning up after their pets. A new complex in New Hampshire, for example, is requiring residents to submit samples from their dogs so DNA profiles can be put on file. When uncleaned messes turn up, they will be identified using the commercially available test kits.

"We've tried doing the warning letters. We've tried all sorts of things," says the manager of the complex. "It's always a problem. It's just that the majority of people are responsible pet owners and there are a few who are not." The kits came from a Tennessee company called PooPrints, which says about 20 properties in the country have been using them. “It's one of the coolest things I've ever done as a property manager,” says the head of another development.

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