“Dallastown community to use dogs’ DNA to track neighborhood poop – The community hasn’t been able to get people to pick up their dog poop, so now they’ll be fined when DNA proves it.
BY SEAN ADKINS, Daily Record/Sunday News
“A Dallastown condominium association wants to keep its common areas free from dog feces and it’s turned to science to make sure that happens.
“This week, the Chestnut Pointe Condominium Association Board sent letters to its residents that every dog owner must bring their pet to a designated outside common area before June 21.
“With the help of a board member, the pet owners will swab their dog’s cheek, collecting the animal’s DNA, said Lee March, president of the board and a dog owner.
“The board will ship the samples to PooPrints, a lab which will run the DNA and enter the results into a registry.
“Later, any dog waste found within the condo community will be sampled, sent to PooPrints and checked against the DNA in the registry, March said.
“First offenders face a $120 fine with the penalty climbing with each subsequent infraction, she said.
“‘We are not trying to pick on any dog owner,’ March said. ‘Our goal is to have clean and sanitary community where kids can play and people can walk through the grass without stepping in a pile of dog poo.’
“Chestnut Pointe is a 12-unit condominium community and home to seven dogs, she said.
“For years, the board has attempted to address the issue of wayward dog feces by stressing the problem at each of its meetings.
“The association’s regulations require all dog owners to pick up their pet’s waste immediately.
“‘We tried to address in many ways and we’ve not gotten clean results,’ March said. ‘We sent emails to people that we believe are violators. The results get better for a brief time, but the poop came back.’
“At one point, the board discussed installing surveillance camera’s, but eventually decided to go with PooPrints and its DNA registry.”