Late Night Open Thread: Clean Up After Your Pooch, or Else!Posted: July 1, 2011
I heard about this a few days ago, and now the NYT has picked up the story. Deborah Violette, manager of an apartment complex in Lebanon, New Hampshire, has begun requiring every tenant with a dog to provide their pet’s DNA.
Everyone who owns a dog in her complex, Timberwood Commons in Lebanon, N.H., must submit a sample of its DNA, taken by rubbing a cotton swab around inside the animal’s mouth.
The swab is sent to BioPet Vet Lab, a Knoxville, Tenn., company that enters it into a worldwide database. If Ms. Violette finds an unscooped pile, she can take a sample, mail it to Knoxville and use a DNA match to identify the offending owner.
Is that really necessary?
Ms. Violette said that at her complex, which opened in December and has a designated building for pet owners, unwanted surprises have sometimes been found on lawns.
“We had a little bit of a problem,” Ms. Violette said. “Enough that I wanted to try to nip it in the bud.”
I can understand Violette’s concerns, but I sure wouldn’t want to have the job of collecting those samples for testing.