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Old 06-29-2011, 08:29 PM
 
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The Associated Press: Apartments use DNA to nab poop-scoop scofflaws (http://tinyurl.com/62g2dag - broken link)

I'm very skeptical. Wouldn't this be expensive? DNA testing? I think it could work as a scare-tactic, but it's hard for me to believe that complexes would actually spend the money to test the DNA of the poop piles lying around on their grounds.

Although...I guess they could recoup the fees through the fines....
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Bwah...the guy down the street would TOTALLY do this. I kind of wish he would, then he could stop giving me the evil eye from his lawn chair every time I walk by with my dog and our clearly displayed poop bags. Get a clue, man...it's not MY dog that runs at large and craps on your lawn!
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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The dog crap DNA test kit: for those who have nothing better to do.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:39 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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LOL...!

I can understand the frustration of the property managers...un-picked-up poop is not only gross, I am sure it's at the top of lists of reasons to exclude dogs (or more properly, dog-owners) from renting, buying or using common areas.

People who don't pick up after their dogs are gross, simply put. If everyone did, then more motels, hotels, parks, etc would be tolerant of dog owners (note I did not say tolerant of the dogs) and everyone would have a bit more freedom.
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Old 06-30-2011, 09:55 AM
 
Location: California
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I saw this story on the news this morning and thought how funny it would be if all the people who lived in this complex started collecting their own samples and leave them on the ground for her to test...I know, eeeeew gross; but funny anyways!
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Old 06-30-2011, 01:22 PM
 
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I live in a house, but personally I don't care if dogs (mine or neighbors) poop in my backyard. Although I don't play in it like children may, it just doesn't bother me. I'm not saying there's dog poop all over the place, but they only go in the very far back areas.

I also lived in an apartment complex recently while I didn't own a dog, and once more, didn't care. It's gross, sure, but it's in the grass not the cement. Not hard to miss.

Only problem I can see with it is children accidentally getting into it, but again just my personal opinion!
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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I'd think security cameras would be way cheaper than DNA testing and results would be much quicker.
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Kenmore, WA
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According to this article, it's less than $100. The city could fine at a profit at each infraction, and develop a real revenue flow.

Tracing Unscooped Dog Waste to the Culprit
By KATIE ZEZIMA
Published: July 1, 2011
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Kenmore, WA
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Originally Posted by Poised View Post
I live in a house, but personally I don't care if dogs (mine or neighbors) poop in my backyard. Although I don't play in it like children may, it just doesn't bother me. I'm not saying there's dog poop all over the place, but they only go in the very far back areas.

I also lived in an apartment complex recently while I didn't own a dog, and once more, didn't care. It's gross, sure, but it's in the grass not the cement. Not hard to miss.

Only problem I can see with it is children accidentally getting into it, but again just my personal opinion!
It spreads disease through ground water run off, and poisons wildlife.
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Old 07-01-2011, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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of ALL the stupid things in all the world, someone had to come up with this one.....

and the scary part is THEY are gettin paid to dream this CRAP [pun intended] up.
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