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7/2/2011 - CSI for Dogs

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


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