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DNA Test Used To Penalize People Who Don’t Pick Up Their Dog’s Poop

| Published on August 26, 2016

There’s nothing worse than accidentally stepping into a smelly pile of dog doo. And what’s more, pooch poop can be really bad for the environment. Still, that doesn’t stop some people from leaving their pup’s poo in the wake of their walk.

But one community in West Des Moines, Iowa has created a plan to trace the poop perps: dog DNA testing.

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Image Source: Screen Shot via WHO 13

All pet residents at the Greenway Square Complex are required to get swabbed for DNA. When a poop pile is found, it’s tested and traced back to the dog who dropped it, and therefore, its owner. The pet parent is then slapped with a penalty: First offense is $150, second is $175, and third is $200. After that, non-pooper-scoopers get kicked out of the complex.

While some residents were surprised at how seriously management has taken this matter, many were happy to comply with the new plan, which has proven very effective.

Check out the news story below:

The Greenway Square Complex is part of a growing number of communities who have implemented DNA testing to control poo piles in the area.


What do you think: When it comes to keeping the community clean, is DNA testing dogs a good idea, or is it going too far?

(h/t: WHO 13)

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