A foul-smelling case of excessive dog poop in Dallas, Texas, has driven one company to propose a high-tech solution, according to NBC 5.

Tennessee-based Poo Prints recently demonstrated its DNA Pet Waste Management system to the Dallas City Council in hopes that the city will adopt the system to analyze unscooped poop for DNA and track down irresponsible dog owners.

According to News 5, some city council members are intrigued by the Poo Prints system, but even if the city were to consider its use, there are logistical and budgetary issues that need to be explored. For example, the city would have to find a way to get pet owners to submit their pets for DNA collection, as well as determine how to cover the cost of the testing kits.

Poo Prints charges $29.95 for kits to collect DNA and enter the samples in a registry, and $49.95 for kits to analyze droppings for DNA and trace them back to their origin.

Although it remains to be seen whether Dallas would actually adopt the Poo Prints system, the city does need to do something about the amount of dog waste lying around, the Dallas Observer said.

According to the Observer, the city mailed a public service announcement to Dallas residents stating that dogs produce hundreds of thousands of pounds of waste every day. That waste is then diluted by rain or sprinklers and washed into rivers, which affects the city’s water supply.

While the citywide use of Poo Prints kits might sound like a longshot idea, NBC 5 pointed out that there is an apartment complex already using the Poo Prints system in Dallas, and the complex is reportedly seeing positive results.

The apartment complex requires residents to have their pets’ DNA recorded, and it fines residents $250 for droppings that are not picked up. The second offense can even lead to the owner’s eviction, News 5 said.

“We’ve gone from picking up maybe an hour a day of poop, to picking up maybe one or two a month,” manager Joshuah Welch told the news station.

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momosgarageUnited States
1/23/2013 5:11:18 PM #

I still don’t understand how this works. I have had dogs for decades and sometimes they get loose stools. You can have a bag etc, but you won’t be able to get it all. Will the designated “poop tester” swab whatever is left over and pass on the fine? What about bits that hang onto the grass etc? Do you need to walk around with a garden sprayer and poop bags to keep from being labeled guilty? Also how many companies are offering this DNA service? I can only find one and they are owned by BioPet Vet lab. From what I know of them they do a lot of genetic type R&D for livestock animals. They also have a big DNA registry. So are the people who are forced to use the PooPrints DNA service essentially giving away free genetic data for BioPet Vet Lab to profit from? Its one thing to protect the building from irresponsible owners who don’t pick up thier dogs poop, its a whole different thing to turn over valuable data for free to someone else can potentially profit from it. I wonder if their is any legal recourse to prevent an HOA or building owner from forcing people to turn over their pets DNA to the corporation BioPet Vet lab?

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People who buy into these kinds of services and force others to play along, do not realize how these kinds companies actually make money are just plain morons.

Also what is to stop some one from trying to contaminate the sample at the source? I have done DNA sampling before to check for hereditary diseases etc and I’m pretty sure if you line the dogs gums with pork fat or lard just before the test, the sample swab taken at the mouth will be contaminated. Not to mention, if I lived in a complex like this I would invite people over who don’t live in the building to have thier dog poop on the premises. Heck I might even bring in some “outside poop” to prove a point. But I’m sure the overall frustration of failure would drive the HOA to come with an additional draconian policy to compensate.

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