DNA Testing for Unscooped Dog PoopPublished July 1, 2010
Forensic science might be called on in one Baltimore condominium to find out who forgot to scoop the poop. Is DNA science going to the dogs? According to a recently published article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the condominium association is seriously considering taking advantage of DNA testing to solve the mystery of which dog parent, a unit owner, neglected to adequately clean up after his or her pooch. The association may resort to require DNA testing for all canine residents with the guilty dog owner possibly fined up to $500. The testing program whic started a year ago is called, (groan) PooPrints. It is a product of Bio-Pet Vet Lab in Tennessee. Owners can obtain their pet's unique "poo print" by sending a swab of the dog's saliva to the lab, (no pun intended), for a mere $30.00. That is a bargain rate to keep on hand the proof that one's bow wow was innocent. Different associations handle transgressors individually, according to Jim Simpson, President of BioPet Vet Lab. Some Associations go so far as to publish the identity of the guilty parties in the association newsletter, while others simply fine the offenders. Simpson said, "It's all over the board what associations are choosing to do. Most people want to make [the penalty] steep enough to make [the owners] think." Concerns surrounding animal waste, allergies to pet dander and barking are the main issues that both residents and board members identify. The non-profit Tamarac-based programs, Citizens for Pets in Condos' mission is to assist pet owners convince condominium associations to permit pets. Therefore Maida Genser, president of the organization approves of using stricter guidelines in pet control which may help promote their cause. Since the cost of DNA testing by PooPrints could be passed on to pet owners, Genser added that the program could make pet ownership more attractive to condominium boards. Simpson pointed out that his service could prove helpful to both unit owners who want pets, and condominium boards who need assurance that the environments are cleaned up. I just can't wait to view that novel and clever TV series, based on this premise "Hairy O", scheduled for September of some year in the future. Is doggie-poo DNA going too far? Share your opinion by leaving a comment.