A Little Poo And You’re In Deep Sh**!
We’ve all been there. You’re walking along and—squish!—dog poop smashes underfoot. You know the culprit has to be Mr. Beasley’s Lab, Gulliver, doing his dirty work in your front yard, but you can’t prove it. Imagine if you had some recourse, if there was something you could do to punish Mr. Beasley for allowing his furry poo machine to use your property as a dumping ground; something that didn’t involve you being arrested for leaving a flaming paper bag full of doo-doo on Mr. Beasley’s front doorstep.
Well, rejoice, Buttercup. A company called BioPet Vet Lab has developed DNA testing kits, aptly named PooPrints, for the purpose of DNA testing dog poop. These kits are being used in apartment and condo communities in greater Seattle. No, you didn’t misread. There is a thriving business for DNA testing kits for dog poop. (Only in America, folks. Can’t make this stuff up.)
Here’s how it works. The dog owner provides a cheek swab from Fido for DNA testing as a requirement of the lease. This is held in a database, and if dog poop is discovered where it doesn’t belong, it is tested. If the DNA matches up to your furry beloved, you will be fined. One lady paid $500.00 in one week because she didn’t learn the first time (or the second, or third . . . slow learner, that one) that this method of poop detection really works.
To read the original article, link to the Seattle Times.
This is the ultimate use of technology for crime detection, and gives the acronym CSI a new meaning: Crime Scene Inpoopstigations— DNA testing for canines “on the go.” Ha.
Pick up the poop, people! Or else!