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.