In order to crack down on dog owners who allow their dogs to “go” wherever they like and then don’t have the common courtesy to pick up their pet’s waste, one Virginia condominium complex has decided to extract DNA from all of the dogs in their building.
The Rotunda, a condominium building in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia has implemented a policy in which all new pet owners who are moving into the building will be required to have their animal’s mouths swabbed in the presence of a building authority. If pet waste is discovered outside of the building, the waste will then be tested and matched up to the guilty animal’s DNA.
Beginning May 1, when Rotunda staff finds excreta, inside or outside, a sample will be removed and sent to the DNA contractor for identification. Once positive identification of the responsible dog is made, the owner of that dog will be charged the then current DNA Identification Fee (currently $90), plus a $10 mark-up for processing, as well as the costs of cleaning up the excreta (typically $50-$500 depending where the waste is left).
“That is the equivalent of 286,344 tractor trailers fully loaded with dog doo. If those 18-wheelers were lined up bumper to bumper, the caravan would stretch 4,067 miles. Put another way, it would stretch from New York City to Los Angeles, with enough trucks left over to circle back around and cover the distance from LA to Austin, Texas.”
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