If it’s about owners not picking up their dog poop, you know I’ll post it!
The New York Times has taken note of the next advancement in the war on poop: DNA testing.
Canine DNA is now being used to identify the culprits who fail to clean up after their pets, an offense that Deborah Violette, for one, is committed to eradicating at the apartment complex she manages.
Everyone who owns a dog in her complex, Timberwood Commons in Lebanon, N.H., must submit a sample of its DNA, taken by rubbing a cotton swab around inside the animal’s mouth.
The swab is sent to BioPet Vet Lab, a Knoxville, Tenn., company that enters it into a worldwide database. If Ms. Violette finds an unscooped pile, she can take a sample, mail it to Knoxville and use a DNA match to identify the offending owner.
Cool. Now, how do we scale that up to work in a city? Mandatory DNA testing to be conducted along with the initial rabies vaccine? Seems doable. We could even assess the $60 cost of the test ($50 for the analysis, $10 for the poop vial) as a fine on the guilty party. Let’s go, legislators!