Stephen: Apartment complex manager uses DNA to ID dog poop to hold owners accountable

Published on November 15th, 2021 @ 5:34 PM


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This is one way to deal with owners who don’t clean up after their dogs. At the downtown Gallery 1014 Luxury Apartments in St. Louis, tenants face serious consequences if they leave behind their dog’s poop. The complex provides residents with pooper scoopers and waste bags, and says upon moving in, dog-owners must take cheek swabs from their dogs and send them to PooPrints, a Tennessee based lab that specializes in dog DNA waste management. The dog’s DNA will then be registered in the PooPrints database, and if dog poop is ever left behind on the complex property, staff can collect a sample and send it to the lab to find a match. If dog owners violate the policy the first time, they will face a fine, but repeat offenders will lose their pet privileges.

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