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In Boston Area, Dog Doo-Doo Is Latest Target of DNA Testing

August 28, 2013 09:22:00 am

Condominium complexes near Boston have begun using DNA to track dog droppings to particular animals — and to fine their owners, reports the Boston Globe. The forensic strategy is the latest high-tech approach to what property managers call one of their main headaches: dealing with dog doo. And they say the CSI-like tactic is working.

Managers at two condo complexes say stray dog droppings have been greatly reduced since the DNA testing program was instituted earlier this year. The governing boards of both condominium developments voted to require all their dog owners to submit their dogs to DNA testing — a quick swab inside the animal’s cheek — and pay the $59.95 tab. The results are kept on file and then checked against DNA found in waste left on the grounds. If there’s a match, the dog’s owner pays for the $50 lab test and gets a $100 fine.

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