Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Much Ado About Doo-doo

A Washington, DC NBC affiliate posts this story on their website.

Dog owners in a swanky Baltimore condo complex may find that owning a dog puts them (or their dogs' droppings) under a microscope.

The board of directors of the condo is considering fining dog owners $500 for not cleaning up after their pets. This is apparently not a small problem, as the story reports that 40 percent of dog owners fail to clean up after their pets.

But how do they figure out which dog did the dirty deed? Well, this is where it gets a bit messy: dog owners must pay $50 for DNA testing on their dog, the records of which are kept at a veterinary lab. They must also pay $10 more a month for staff to get the scoop on any unattended poop. Stool samples are sent to the lab where testing determines the guilty party.

I see a new Animal Planet series: CSI Baltimore (CSI standing for Canine Scat Investigations).

I wish I could say I made this up.

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