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Fla Condo Ass'n to test Dog Poop for DNA to Find & Fine Owner

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


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It's a shame that

the condo association has to resort to this. Why do the dog-owners not take responsibility for their pets?

I have been the victim of neighbors who see nothing wrong with their dog terrorizing my children in MY yard, chasing neighborhood kids down the block and biting them, basically over-running the neighborhood.

I am flabbergasted by all of it.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

I don't have a problem with this policy...

This is the nature of homeowners' associations. You go by their rules or you don't move into their 'hood.

Besides, aren't the pet owners that let their pets pinch a loaf in the elevator infringing upon the other homeowners?

If your kid poo'd or pee'd in the elevator, the police could arrest the kid and/or the parents.

This is somewhat similar to the smoking in public argument.

'Cause there's a monster on the loose