Dog poop DNA

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!


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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4 Responses to Dog poop DNA

  1. Ana_ñ says:

    Year 5021
    What do we have in this coprolite? Let’s see the files.
    Fifi, miniature Schnauzer. 25 St. John Street, Shuttleville… 47 fines!!!

    This series certainly deserves its own category/tag: poop?

  2. M. says:

    My neighbour and his 15 dogs wouldn’t be amused 😀

  3. I would certainly like to take the DNA of the poop left outside our house, find the dogs owner and then dump it on their doorstep! grrrrrr 🙂

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