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devilsdancefloor
05-20-2010, 03:56 PM
http://news.discovery.com/animals/pet-dna-calls-out-poop-scoop-offenders.html

As a dog lover, owner and advocate, I can let a lot slide when it comes to dogs behaving badly. But badly behaving owners: they’re another story. One of my BIGGEST pet peeves is when dog owners don’t clean up after their pets. Seriously, how hard is it to carry a plastic baggie on poochie’s daily walk, and to use it? Picking up after your dog shouldn’t be an option, it should be a responsibility.

Photo Credit: Dan Plimpton

When I came across this news story in the Baltimore Sun, it made my day.


A high-end condo complex in Baltimore is considering mandating saliva DNA samples of all current canine residents. Dog owners at Scarlett Place would have to pay $50 to cover the DNA test and supplies, plus a $10 monthly maintenance fee. Every time an uncleaned poop pops up on property grounds, the complex will test it to determine which dog made the mess.

Both feces and saliva can determine dog DNA, so the condo can find the dog's guilty owner from the DNA* samples on file, who then will be slapped with a $500 fee. My guess is it will be the same offenders over and over again.

The condo is considering working with BioPet Vet Lab, a Tennessee-based company that offers this very service -- called Poo Prints -- which deals specifically with pet droppings. The testing hasn’t been approved yet, but the idea of it is causing a lot of controversy. Is this too Big Brother? Or is such babysitting necessary to eliminate poop piles in the park?

Dog waste is dangerous for many reasons, but here are my four top reasons why I think you should make a poopin’ scoopin’ effort.

#1. Poop attracts rats.

#2. When dog waste isn’t cleaned up and has time to fester on the ground, worms -– like whipworm, heartworm, roundworm and tapeworm –- make their way into the soil and linger there, waiting to infect humans or animals that happen to step in it.

#3. Pet poop can be easily washed into stormdrains, lakes and streams, which pollutes the water supply.

#4. And lastly, poop is nasty to step in and it can ruin your shoes ... or bare feet.

What are your thoughts on this DNA testing issue? Has dog DNA testing gone too far? Or is it the right method to keep your paths poop free? My personal opinion: just clean up your pet’s poo.

steelerdude15
05-20-2010, 09:01 PM
I do clean up after my dog, he's a German Shorthaired Pointer! Now this isn't him, but this is pretty close.
http://www.dogs-central.com/dog-breeds/images/german-shorthaired-pointer/german-shorthaired-pointer_image2.jpg

AllD
05-20-2010, 09:31 PM
What if it is a stray, then the HOA accumulates lots of fees without an ability to pass on the expense. What if somebody plants a poop just to cause problems. What if it's a cat poop? What if it's a homeless guy? I smell a "Poopgate" coming.

SCSTILLER
05-21-2010, 07:17 AM
I do clean up after my dog, he's a German Shorthaired Pointer! Now this isn't him, but this is pretty close.
http://www.dogs-central.com/dog-breeds/images/german-shorthaired-pointer/german-shorthaired-pointer_image2.jpg

Beautiful breed! My buddy's neighbor has a shorthaired, very energetic. Eats his own poop also, wouldn't that solve the problem the HOA is having now?:noidea:

zulater
05-21-2010, 07:29 AM
I think you're overstating the dangers of dog poor. :flap: No question it's a nuiscance, and should be dealt with properly in an urban or community setting. But to go this far...


3. Pet poop can be easily washed into stormdrains, lakes and streams, which pollutes the water supply.

Wouldn't that apply to all animals? Wouldn't you think nature has sort of built that into the equation?


If a bear shits in the woods he should be tracked down and fined? :chuckle: