The dog may be man’s best friend, but a new tool to detect the owners of dogs who don’t clean up after their pooches may end up being the best friend of homeowner associations and strata complexes.
BioPet Vet Lab of Knoxville, Tennessee, a division of EDP Biotech Corporation, introduced PooPrints to encourage pet owners to pick up after their dogs by allowing home and condo owner associations and municipalities to track down the offending dogs and their bad keepers!
“We’re trying to encourage responsible pet ownership,” said Tom Boyd, chairman and CEO of EDP Biotech, noting that the waste of 100+ million dogs in North America is creating a health hazard.
The PooPrints program recommends that a strata or home association pass an amendment to its existing rules and bylaws that requires all dog owners in the community to have their dogs’ DNA analyzed and filed with Bio-Pet’s DNA World Pet registry. Once the DNA is on file, any poop found in the public areas of the neighborhood can be sent to BioPet to be analyzed and matched up with the DNA already on file. Once the dog is identified, an e-mail report is sent to the association/strata, which can then identify the offending owner.
Participating dog owners gain several benefits in addition to a cleaner neighborhood. They will have their dog’s DNA on permanent file, providing positive proof of ownership. They receive an ID Tag printed with “DNA Pet ID” and a toll free number that will help to reunite a lost dog with its owner.
For all you bad pooper scoopers who can’t be bothered to scoop after your dogs, this might just mean that the Poo Police are just around the corner!