Omaha Apartment Requiring Dog DNA to Stop Poo Problem

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An Omaha apartment owner has taken tissue samples to create a DNA database of the residents' dogs so droppings that aren't picked up can be identified.

Residents of the Southwest Gables complex had to submit their pets for cheek swabs that are being sent to PooPrints, a division of BioPet Vet Lab in Knoxville, Tenn.

Apartment manager Kim McIntosh says all the dog owners complied as part of their obligations under a pet agreement they signed when they moved in.

Now, if a resident fails to clean up a mess on the grounds, some evidence can be sent to PooPrints for identification of the dog. Its owner then could be assessed a fee for failing to meet his or her cleanup obligations.

Do you think requiring DNA samples from dogs is a good idea to make sure apartment residents pick up after their pets?

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