Apartment Complex Tests Dog Droppings for DNA!
An apartment complex in Cincinnati, Ohio is fed up with picking up their tenants’ dog doo doo. So, they decided to let forensics find the culprits by testing the dog droppings for DNA.
DNA can be extracted successfully from stool samples using a specific kit called the (get ready for a long name!) Profiler Plus Amplification Kit and ABI PRISM 310 Genetic Analyser. Phew, that was a mouthful…but all in all just a piece of equipment to remove DNA from the samples.
Now, scientists are helping apartment complex owners use the technology to link the dog droppings to the dog and their owner. In this particular case, managers say people found in violation will be fined $200. Yep. That's right. 200. If common courtesy wasn't enough, hopefully a fine will motivate owners pick up after their dog.
Jennifer Nelson who lives at the apartment complex always brings a plastic bag with her when she walks her dog, "It's the responsibility of every dog owner to really kind of take initiative to clean up after your dogs."
I am still on the fence about whether this is a good solution or not. I see the apartment's point of view. They are tired of cleaning up after their renters. They want a consequence to be giving to those who are not abiding by the rules. At the same time, DNA testing seems to be taking it a little too far and it may just require too much time and effort.