• Wait, What? Neighborhood DNA Testing Dog Poop to Charge Offending Owners

    Having a dog in the city isn’t easy. In a Des Moines, Iowa Metro neighborhood it just got a little more difficult.

    You have to walk your dog constantly. You have to find a suitable place for your furry friend to do his business as well. You may  have a backyard to let FIDO run free, but what happens if he drops a deuce while you’re out walking?

    You have to pick it up in an eco-friendly bag of course, and carry that poop home to dispose of it properly. It comes with the duties of responsible dog ownership.

    What happens if you either don’t have a bag or just don’t like picking up your dog’s doo doo?

    You could be caught and fined. Watch the local news report explaining the poopy situation.

    You may think, they won’t know whose dog poop that is laying the yard.

    But landlords will know, thanks to science.

    All dogs in this neighborhood must report for DNA testing. Once tested, that DNA stays on file. Then when some offending poop is discovered, it is DNA tested.

    Once the dog is matched, the owner is fined. $150 for your first stinky offense and it goes up from there!

    Not everyone liked the idea. From WHO-TV:

    “It’s kind of preposterous to think that we need to go through this,” laughs Melany Ruch, Assistant Property Manager of the Greenway Square Complex.

    On Monday, Ruch helped pet owners swab for doggie DNA.

    “I definitely read the note and I was like, ‘what?’ It sounded very CIA,” smiles resident, Samantha Haunsberger.

    The forensic test comes after tenants failed to pick up their pooches’ poop. Once tested, the DNA will be kept on file.

    Waste that is not picked up will be tested and traced back to the owner for a fine. The first offense costing the owner $150, then gradually increasing to $200 by the third offense. After the third strike, man and man’s best friend are kicked off the property.

    “It’s just like anything. There are policies, there are rules and have to follow them. I think this is ok and hopefully, it will clean up the community,” tenant Ron Nielson says.

    Moral of the story: Just clean up after your damn dog.

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