Saturday, May 15, 2010

Doggie DNA

As a dog owner, one of my “pet” peeves is fellow dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets. It only takes one inconsiderate bastard in a neighborhood to make the other dog owners in the hood look bad. Unless someone is caught in the act, it is impossible to say for certain whom the poop perpetrators are.

Well perhaps not impossible. According to this story by Jill Rosen in The Sun, a condo association in Baltimore is considering "mandated DNA tests for every dog in the building” in order to help them identify the excremental offenders.

“Under the proposal, every dog at Scarlett Place and guest dogs would be swabbed for a DNA sample — owners would then have to pay $50 each to cover the test and supplies. Dog owners would also pay an extra $10 per month per dog to cover the cost of having the building's staff scoop poop and send it to a lab. Feces, like saliva, contain tell-tale DNA.

If the lab identifies your dog as the pooper, that's a $500 fine.”

While this may seem a bit extreme and perhaps a bit unfair to those who properly police their pets I can understand the frustration of the non pet owners.


Anonymous said...

What happened to courtesy? The more government and rules in our lives, the more loss of freedom we have. Why should we have a lot of arbitrary idiotic rules and fines to burden already complicated lives. Let's pick up th poop and put the idiotic, obsessed, picequne(sic) rule makers out of business. They should concentrate on getting a real life.

Confessions of a Mother, Lawyer & Crazy Woman said...

EXCELLENT IDEA! I, for one, am tired of having to clean up my son's shoes or tell him to "watch out!" on common sidewalks. Really.