Fla Condo Ass'n to test Dog Poop for DNA to Find & Fine OwnerSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Wed, 06/29/2011 - 09:02
JUPITER — If your pooch poops, you pay.
Plagued with pets that do business in all the wrong places, dog owners in the Village of Abacoa, a condominium association of 458 units, must pay a $200 fee starting Aug. 1. The money will pay DNA Pet World Registry to take the dog's genetic fingerprint and keep the information on file.
Doggie droppings found in condo common areas will be collected and mailed in a plastic tube to the Knoxville, Tenn.-based company. If the poop matches the pooch, the owners can be fined up to $1,000. If they don't pay, a lien can be placed on their home, said Susan Nellen, property manager for Versa Property Management, which manages the condo near Roger Dean Stadium.
Not everyone supports the policy.
"This is nuts. They will be testing all kinds of poop. Is this America?" said Troy Holloway, who owns one of the condos.
But managers say they have no choice. Dogs are defecating and urinating in elevators, in stairwells, on carpets and in the lobby, as well as common areas outside. The condo association is spending $10,000 to $12,000 a year replacing and cleaning, said Matthew Brickman