Nobody wants to run into dog droppings on the ground. Now some property owners are turning to technology to keep their yards clean.
A doggy DNA test is a new mandatory requirement at the Wau Lin Cree Apartments located just southeast of Northwest Barry and North Green Hills roads. When Ann Gunther heard about it, she couldn't believe it.
"I'd never heard of it. So I thought it was just a scare tactic to get people to pick up after their dogs. Then I went online and looked up the company and thought ‘oh this is real,'" she said.
Gunther has been a resident for three months and her apartment complex has a problem with owners neglecting their duty, or their dog's doody.
Karen Peevey said she was getting tired of hounding the residents.
"It's been getting really gross for a really long time. We've tried sending notices asking residents for their help, but it just kind of falls on deaf ears," she said.
Dog poop doesn't just look gross, it can spread diseases and attract snakes, rodents and other pests. That's why Peevey decided the best option for her residents was to swab every dog in the complex, then test the mess on the ground to catch what she calls the "poopetrators."
"Knowing that you can actually be held accountable for your actions encourages people to behave appropriately," she said.
Residents have to front the $35 cost of the test. They get it back if their dog doesn't make a mess. If their dog does leave behind something and they fail to pick it up, they might have to pay a fine.
Gunther said she and her Boxer have nothing to hide and aren't worried about that happening to them.
"I've heard from other tenants that it hasn't been kept up very well. I think it's a pretty simple thing to do to pick up after your dog," she said.
The complex has just started swabbing dogs so they haven't fined anyone yet.
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