|Canine DNA is now being used to identify the culprits who fail to clean up after their pets.|
Deborah Violette, for one, is committed to eradicating the problem of people not picking up after their dogs at the apartment complex she manages in Lebanon, N.H.
Everyone who owns a dog in her complex, Timberwood Commons, must submit a sample of its DNA, taken by rubbing a cotton swab around inside the animal’s mouth.
The swab is sent to BioPet Vet Lab, a Knoxville, Tenn., company that enters it into a worldwide database. If Ms. Violette finds an unscooped pile, she can take a sample, mail it to Knoxville and use a DNA match to identify the offending owner.
Called PooPrints, the system costs $29.99 for the swabbing kit, $10 for a vial to hold the samples and $50 to analyze them, which usually takes a week or two.
The company says that about two dozen apartment complexes around the country have signed up for the service. In 2008, the Israeli city of Petah Tikva created a dog DNA database for the same purpose.
Source - New York Times 7/1/2011