Dog Poop DNA Tests Track Down Non-Scoopers

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Tired of irresponsible dog owners in their neighborhood who don’t clean up after their furry pets, many people in Seattle have started using DNA testing to identify the culprits, also known as ‘poopetrators’.

The Seattle Times reports that a company named BioPet Vet Lab from Knoxville, Tennessee, offers PooPrints testing kits which easily track down non-scoopers. They are currently providing these kits to 26 apartment and condo complexes in the Seattle area. Apart from being popular in Seattle, the DNA tests are also on the rise in Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, and other large cities.

Erin Atkinson, property manager at Potala Village Apartments in Everett, Washington says residents at the complex agree with having their dogs tested. Once their dogs’ DNA has been collected, tenants have to pay a one-time fee of $29.95 for the testing. When dog poop is found on the premises, a sample is sent to the lab to match with dog DNA on record. And the poopetrators face fines of more than $100 for each violation. Atkinson concluded that after a few initial fines (one person was fined five times in one week) DNA testing is working at her complex.

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