Communities require dog DNA tests to ID unscooped poop

Condo and apartment complexes are requiring dog owners to submit DNA samples to help them identify which pets are leaving messes.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Jul 5, 2011 9:02AM

© Noel Hendrickson/Lifesize/Getty ImagesI used to go outside barefoot in the morning to get my newspaper. Until one day I stepped in – ick – dog poop. After that I was more careful, but I was extremely annoyed that one of my neighbors was letting his mutt poop in my yard every day and not cleaning up. I never discovered who it was.

Some condo associations and apartment complexes have a new measure to fight dog poop: DNA testing. As a condition of living in the community, owners will have to get their dogs' DNA tested so the association can keep the information on file.


If any unscooped poop is found, the association can send a sample off to find out which offending pooch (and owner) is at fault.


The latest association to sign up for this doggie CSI program is the 458-unit Village of Abacoa in Jupiter, Fla., just up the road from Palm Beach.


Condo leaders say the association is spending $10,000 to $12,000 a year to clean up what dogs are leaving in elevators, stairwells, carpets and common areas outside.


"The smell is disgusting. Residents are embarrassed to have company. Dog crap is everywhere," property manager Susan Nellen told The Palm Beach Post.


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The association plans to charge residents $200 each for the tests until Aug. 31, when the fee will rise to $500. The test costs only about $90, but the rest of the money will be used for cleanup and poop bags provided to owners.

The owners of dogs who leave their offending excrement in inappropriate locations can be fined up to $1,000, with liens places against their property if they don't pay.

The use of doggie DNA to identify which dogs have left messes is becoming more common. An apartment complex in New Hampshire is requiring tenants to submit their dogs' DNA when they rent, and a complex in New York plans to do the same. But a condo board in Baltimore tabled the idea of a doggie DNA program after opposition from residents, deciding to explore other options.


What do you think? Is requiring owners to give up their dogs' DNA a good way to combat the problem of errant poop? Or is it too big an invasion of privacy?

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Mar 31, 2012 11:00AM
I believe the pooper scoopers are far outnumbered by those who walk away from the piles their four-babies leave behind.  I say if you want to own an animal, and you want to live in a building that belongs to someone else, then you have to be willing to play by the property owner's rules. I own my own home, have no pets, and am amazed at the people who walk their dogs for the sole  purpose of  doing their #2 in someone else's yard. And when you catch them in the act and call them on it, they get offended and act like you're the wacko!
Jul 5, 2011 3:56PM

Gasoline at $5.00 per gallon. Home forclosures and umemployment rampant. Middle East aflame with radical islamists. Justice system a joke as serial rapists ( Strauss-Khan) and child murderers (Casee Anthony) run free. Mob's of spoiled, "everybody owes me" and "Iss gonna gets mines" liberal teens robbing business's and terrorizing the public.


All this, and we get stories about DNA testing of Shitzu's!?????

Jul 5, 2011 3:17PM

Great TV sitcom material here. Instead of "Melrose Place" it can be called "Smellrose Place". Or, instead of "90210" it can be called "K9-pew-10" or even instead of "Two and a Half Men" it can be called "Shoe full of crap then". Instead of "Desperate Housewives" it can be called.......... well, "Desparate Housewives" hahahahahahahaha.


"Shite in the City", "DNA for dollars", "Stinkfeld", "CSI Jupiter", I can go on and on!!

Jul 5, 2011 3:07PM
I have a mind to go down there and drop trou myself!
Jul 5, 2011 3:00PM

Saliva swabbing for discarded swizzle sticks?? Personally, I would rather scrape doggshit from the tread of my shoes than engage one liberal in conversation. Seriously, what is worse?? Five minutes of holding my nose or listening to some nasally voiced 30 something liberal drone on and on about the Gilmore Girls marathon they watched the night before. ALl the while, saying the word "LIKE" every other word.


"...and I was like wow, and he was like whatever and like my BF like totally like....

Jul 5, 2011 2:47PM
Whats next for these tree hugging, unhinged enemies of liberty and freedom? This will give way to DNA testing and saliva swabbing for discarded cigarettes and snapple containers. Perhaps some Obama voting HOA board member while taking time out from threatening a resident for flying a flag will rummage through the plastic only bin and find a used tampon. This lunacy will only come to a close when they find a improperly discarded "Kool" cigarette butt or "malt Liquor" can and put out a HOA "all points bulletin" for wandering African Americans. Nothing like the perception of being a racist to quelch liberal causes or ideas.
Jul 5, 2011 2:33PM
This will only effect middle to low class, white, non-breeding, liberal suburbanites so I could care less. Its these people, the white, 20 somthing, tree hugging, vegan whorshipping, sufferer's of black guilt that have a need to compensate their inability to socially adapt to real world relationships that go in for this crap. They are the one's working in cubicles with photos of their shiteating pets framed all over and demand that you agree with them how cute their "babies" are. All this lunacy while third world, pagan cultures are breeding them out of existence and relevance.
Jul 5, 2011 2:29PM
Jul 5, 2011 2:16PM
take all those DNA tests just to find out it is a stray dog planting those bombs
Jul 5, 2011 1:59PM
Though I don't like the idea of DNA testing our pets and it seems a bit much, I understand where it comes from. I own dogs and always cleaned up after them when we lived in an apartment for a time. I seemed to be the only dog owner that did though, and it really bothered me to walk through the property and have to watch my step because someone else couldn't take a few seconds to be a conscientious neighbor. I mean seriously, if your dog leaves a mess on someone else's property, the decent thing to do is clean it up. It's not like it's hard to do.
Jul 5, 2011 1:47PM

As long as they aren't trying to put every pet in america in a databased who cares.  If you live in an apartment and it's a rule then deal with it.  As long as they don't try to make someone who owns their own property do it then fine.

Jul 5, 2011 1:02PM
If you want to live your life as a apartment dweller, don't bitch about the rules.  
Jul 5, 2011 12:54PM

Why should I have to step in dog-poop to pick up my own dog's poop. Uh...yea it's happened. Ewwwww! Also...I want to tell the "little" crappy dog owners out there...YOUR DOG'S POOP STINKS and STICKS TO OUR SHOES just like BIG DOG POOP....except can't really see it that well on night walks!!!!!  Get over yourselves and pick up the poop! DNA testing....a little over the top.....I'm thinking BB guns.

Jul 5, 2011 12:37PM
While most of our neighbors are responsible, there are some who are not.  I'd love to have it where we live so that people will be forced to be responsible.  My husband and the other neighbors pick up trash and poop on their morning walks - none of them even owns an animal.
Jul 5, 2011 12:32PM

I have 3 questions for those of you who do not pick up after your dogs.

1.  Would you invite someone, even a friend or a relative, to walk around inside of your home if they had just stepped in your dogs poop?


2.  Would you like your children or grandchildren to play in an area where people don't pick up after their dogs?


3.  Would you like it if other people let their dogs poop in YOUR yard?

Jul 5, 2011 12:22PM
Wouldn't  a  24/7 security video system be more cost effective more fair and cover more issues like security, parking and pet control?
Jul 5, 2011 12:18PM
they should give dna tests to all politicians to see how much they are full of sh-t
Jul 5, 2011 12:17PM
they can take that dna stuff and flush it when it comes to dogs.  if you have the proof like a picture of a dog taking a dump and the owner not cleaning it up it is another thing.  try to prove it was my dog and i will prove anyone totally wrong

this dna thing is just a waste of money unless it is used to solve crimes or to release people from prison that did not do the crime
Jul 5, 2011 12:13PM
It is about time!  I wish this was a practice everywhere.  I live in a fourplex in south Texas and neighbors let their dogs crap everywhere, INCLUDING our yard.  The neighborhood has a common yard for all the neighborhood kids to play and they are always stepping in poo.  People!  If you are going to have pets be responsible.  I hope next time you leave you animal to do their business in the path of others someone takes a dump on your front porch.  Enjoy that!  
Jul 5, 2011 12:13PM

I think it's a great idea and I'd be among the first to take my dog in for testing because after living in a dog filled neighborhood and not owning a dog for years, having to clean up other dogs' messes in my yard was a huge bone of contention for me. I now own acreage and have a dog but you won't find any doggie-doo on my property because it gets cleaned up as soon as it gets deposited.


People who complain about it are probably the ones not cleaning up the messes of their own dogs

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