Orlando condo to track DNA in crackdown on wayward pet feces
A downtown condo tower has a mess on its hands: Some residents are not cleaning up after their pooches. So it's turning to doggie DNA testing to root out the culprits and hand hefty fines to their owners.
The Vue plans to launch the testing next month to determine who is leaving behind their dogs' droppings on the seventh-floor pet park.
"There are always pet owners in the high-rises that do not clean up after their pets," said Cristian Michaels, who oversees sales and marketing for the Vue. "The only way to handle this is usually to do DNA testing and then fining owners $100 per offense. Renters with multiple violations can be evicted by the association after multiple offenses."
The Vue is one of the first properties in Central Florida to employ scientific investigations to resolve what has been a long-standing issue for apartment renters, condominium owners and others. The Vue, Park North at Cheney Place and several other complexes in the Orlando area have contracted with PooPrints, a division of BioPet Vet Lab, Knoxville, Tenn.
1. That's the nice thing about living in the country.
There are 3 dogs that crap on our property. We own 2 of them. Gus invariably goes out into high weeds to do his thing. Honey craps in tall grass or at the edge of the lawn. Neither of them is much of a problem. The neighbor's dog, Katie, drops it on our walkway, on the driveway, in front of the garage or just about anywhere else the urge moves her. I spent some time trying to redirect her, but gave up & just keep a couple of pooper scoopers around to relocate some of her more egregious placements.