Tuesday, June 28, 2011

It's Coming Condo Residents - Doggy Poop DNA!

That jerk who lets his dog squat on your rare patch of urban grass may soon be caught with his tail between his legs. Forget warning signs and dirty looks. A U.S. company is marketing a solution to one of the scourges of condo life: doggie doo DNA testing. The CSI-like service, dubbed PooPrints, aims to name and shame dog owners, who don’t clean up after their pets.

Poo pickup is a condo quandary that is incredibly difficult to enforce, says Bill Thompson of Malvern Condominium Property Management, which runs 50 buildings in the GTA. People, parking and pets are the “three P’s” of condo problems, Thompson says. His reaction to doggie DNA testing? “Woo hoo, there’s only two P’s left.” “I love it,” he says. “This will be a great step toward solving the pet problem.”

Here’s how it works: All dogs in a building get a cheek swab. Their DNA profile is put on file. The next time unclaimed poo appears, a smear of the mess is mailed to a lab in Tennessee where the culprit is identified. The service is causing a big stink as condo buildings and apartment complexes across the U.S. propose or enforce the poo test.

*Read more at www.thestar.com