Pet Owners Fuming Over Doggie DNA Request

Florida condo association aims to curb pet poop
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 22, 2015 4:30 PM CST

(Newser) – Some Florida condo owners are steaming after their homeowners association asked them to submit their dog's DNA in order to fine owners who don't pick up after their pets. Residents of Harbor Landing in Destin, Fla., said they received a letter last week and some feel it's an invasion of privacy. "I think the consensus is that we are trying to be reasonable, cooperative, but this just rubs the dog owners the wrong way," a resident tells the News Herald. The letter asked residents to register their dogs and cats with the association through a DNA test, citing a significant increase in the amount of animal feces found throughout the property recently, including inside the elevators.

"We are not sure why the pet owners have not done the responsible thing and cleaned up after their pets, so the board is instituting a pet registration policy that will also include the need to obtain a DNA sample from the pet at the time of registration," the letter reads. The News Herald reports pet owners would have to pay for the DNA test, registration fee, and any potential cleanup fees. Condo officials say it's a voluntary process and that the measure is only meant to help keep the property clean. (Read more DNA stories.)

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