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Condos Turn to DNA Evidence to Track Dog Poop

Monday, Sep 23, 2013  |  Updated 11:30 AM EDT
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If you don't scoop up after your pet, a condominium complex could come after you thanks to DNA evidence.

A New Jersey condo complex is taking a scientific approach to catch dog owners who don't scoop the poop.

The Grande at Riverdale, which is located about 25 miles northwest of New York City, has told residents their dogs' mouths will be swabbed for DNA and any droppings found on the property will be tested in order to fine the owners. The first offense will cost $250 and subsequent fines will rise as high as $1,000.

Grande resident Clara Humphrey tells The Record newspaper she guesses people spoiled it for themselves because they didn't pick up.

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The condo complex of eight four-story buildings will use the Tennessee-based DNA-matching service PooPrints, a service provided by BioPet Vet Lab, to track down offenders.

“Pet waste is not fertilizer,” company spokesman Eric Mayer told the paper. “It’s not meant to be left on the ground.”

Dog owners face a $100 fine if they don't have their pets tested by Nov. 1.

 


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