Condo Starts Dog Poop DNA Database
Facing a feces crisis
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A York County, Pennsylvania, condo complex is turning to extreme measures to combat an overflowing tide of animal refuse. With parents unwilling to let their children play in the grass for fear of dog poo, the complex plans to implement the “Poo-Prints” program, which will use DNA testing to spot the serial offenders.
The condo association will collect DNA samples from all dogs on site and then store them in a system. Once enforced, any dog feces found matching a resident’s pet will result in fines: $120 for the first offences, $240 for the second, and $360 for the third.
“It’s an investment, Lee March, a resident and the board’s president, told CBS 21 News. “It’s an investment to get our property clean. We would not have to do this if all of our owners cleaned up.”
CBS 21 News reports—using confidential sources—that residents have regularly stepped in feces, only to track it indoors and onto their carpets. According to a video from Poo-Prints, the DNA testing is scientific and used in home associations across the country.