If you're a Seattle-based dog owner, you better be scoopin' that poop!
According to a story in the Seattle Times, a Tennessee company called PooPrints has manufactured DNA testing kits that will be used to analyze dog poop in some 26 apartments and condos in the Greater Seattle area. The goal? To figure out who ain't scoopin' that poop! And then fine those smelly dog owners as a result...
It's really also a way to encourage responsible dog ownership, and to ensure a cleaner environment for residents in some of Washington's most poopulated areas. As we've written about here on the SportBlog before, the lack of pooper-scooping among dog owners in the country is becoming a greater problem, as many negative environmental effects occur via poop infested water runoff and toxins released into the atmosphere from un-scooped dog excrement.
If you're like me, you may be wondering, how do these kits work? According to the Poo Prints website, "You will receive a special admin login to the patented DNA World Pet Registry to add and manage community dogs, and match poop samples to the correct dog."
PooPrints has said the kits are 99% accurate, and will cost residents a one-time fee of $29.95. Culprits who get caught will be fined up to $110 if found guilty.
Our guess is, if this doggy-poop community police business works out for Seattle, the trend has a "solid" chance - get it? - of spreading into other cities as well.
Bottom line ... scoop that poop, people! It's not just for health reasons anymore; it's going to help your wallets too.
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