There's nothing that can ruin a good day faster than accidentally stepping in a pile of dog excrement. It's messy, smelly, and downright disgusting. What's more, you can't really blame the dog, as it's the owner's responsibility to make sure the putrid piles are taken care of. That's the thinking behind a new policy at a condominium in Florida, where the problem of wayward poop has gotten so bad, the management is turning to DNA testing to find the culprits.
Using technology normally reserved for catching murderers and determining paternity, the DNA specialists at PooPrints compare samples from the offensive piles against those from the animals registered at the condo. Dog owners will be charged a one-time $200 fee to have their dog's DNA tested and kept on file for future poop comparison. If a resident's dog is identified through its leftovers, the owner can face a fine of up to $1,000.
The condo owners hope that the high-tech approach will promote a clean landscape and encourage residents to be a bit more careful of what they leave lying around. Currently, the condo association spends as much as $12,000 a year on efforts to eradicate the ridiculous amount of dog mess being carelessly ignored by pet owners. It's not clear how much the management is paying to have PooPrints come and test when needed, but a clean living space is likely worth the cost.
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