HOAs Gone Wild – DNA Testing of Dog Poop Violators
Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Here is exhibit A.
JUPITER — If your pooch poops, you pay.
Plagued with pets that do business in all the wrong places, dog owners in the Village of Abacoa, a condominium association of 458 units, must pay a $200 fee starting Aug. 1. The money will pay DNA Pet World Registry to take the dog’s genetic fingerprint and keep the information on file.
Doggie droppings found in condo common areas will be collected and mailed in a plastic tube to the Knoxville, Tenn.-based company. If the poop matches the pooch, the owners can be fined up to $1,000. If they don’t pay, a lien can be placed on their home, said Susan Nellen, property manager for Versa Property Management, which manages the condo near Roger Dean Stadium.
Not everyone supports the policy.
But at least it creates more “shovel-ready” jobs….
A maintenance person from Versa Management will collect marble-sized samples found in restricted areas. The samples go in a leakproof plastic container about the size of a small perfume bottle containing DNA stabilization solution. The container is mailed to DNA Pet World, where the identification test is done.
Business is booming.
Feces identification is a booming business. DNA Pet World and PooPrints – its motto is “Match the Mess through DNA” – are spinoffs from BioPet Vet Labs. They started in October. By the end of the year, they expect 300 American franchises, Mayer said.
I don’t know which I’m more concerned about. The fact that there actually is a fecal identification industry [makes my day job look a lot more appealing] or the fact that there really is a DNA Pet World Registry.