Residents in one Plano apartment complex will soon have to scoop their dog's poop or face a big stink when management tests it for DNA.
Northside at Legacy recently posted a notice on residents' doors informing them that they needed to provide a DNA sample from their pet.
"Once the registry is complete, any feces found on the property will be checked for DNA and the pet owner will be fined $250. If the fine is not paid, the rental agreement will be terminated. If you fail to register your pet, you will be fined $250 and risk termination of your rental agreement as well," the notice states.
According to the letter, the tests will be conducted by Tennessee-based PooPrints. The company says on its website that properties using its services report an almost immediate reduction in dog poop.
Some at Northside like the idea.
Danielle Lay doesn't mind giving up her dog's DNA because she said the problem has gotten pretty bad.
"I agree with it because there's a lot of people who unfortunately are not picking up after their dogs," she said.
Others called it nonsense.
"It's crazy. What's the world coming to? Taking DNA from a dog and matching it to the poop? That's nuts," said Michael Guyer.
Although he admits he can't walk in a straight line on some of the sidewalks without stepping in the stuff, he still thinks's the idea is insane. It's a little too much Big Brother for him.
"That's why I'm laughing. It's the craziest thing I've ever heard. It's like 1984. Like, what other things are they going to come up with to do something like this," he said.
The complex said it has only had one complaint so far about the new policy. It also believes doggie DNA testing is only going to become more and more common.
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