DNA testing for dog poop on the in­crease in the Seat­tle area

The China Post - - LIFE -

Frus­trated with dog own­ers who refuse to clean up af­ter their pets, an in­creas­ing num­ber of apart­ments in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton are opt­ing to use DNA testing to iden­tify the cul­prits.

The Seat­tle Times re­ports that a com­pany called BioPet Vet Lab from Knoxville, Ten­nessee, is pro­vid­ing its PooPrints testing kits to 26 apart­ment and condo com­plexes and home­own­ers as­so­ci­a­tions in the re­gion.

Erin Atkin­son, prop­erty manager at Po­tala Vil­lage Apart­ments in Everett says the messes are all over.

“There was poop in­side the el­e­va­tors, in the car­peted hall­ways, up on the roof,” Atkin­son “They’re lazy, I guess.”

That’s why, since Fe­bru­ary 2014, ten­ants have been pay­ing a “one-time fee of US$29.95 for DNA testing.”

BioPet says in the past five years, the DNA test has been used in nearly 1,000 places around the U.S., and it’s es­pe­cially popular in Miami, Dal­las, Los An­ge­les and other large cities.

The mar­ket­ing took a lit­tle longer to reach the North­west, but King-Sno­homish-Pierce coun­ties are op­por­tune sites. They are home to about 811,000 dogs. Seat­tle has 50 per­cent more dogs than kids, the Times said. One study said dogs in that three-coun-

said. ty re­gion are re­spon­si­ble for about 121,600 kilo­grams of drop­pings a day.

Atkin­son says that af­ter some ini­tial fines, DNA testing is work­ing at her com­plex, with two dozen or so dogs.

“One per­son was fined five times in one week,” she said. “That’s over US$500. Now peo­ple clean up af­ter their dogs.”

The fines added up this way: US$59.95 to have the poop tested, and US$50 to the com­plex for the has­sle of col­lect­ing the sam­ple.

Atkin­son says that res­i­dents at the com­plex are “mostly on board” for hav­ing their dogs’ DNA tested.

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