DNA Testing for Pet Waste: Is the Latest Trend In Property Management to Penalize Property Owners?

propert-management-trendsThere is nothing more frustrating than accidentally stepping into a waste left behind by animals … and then being the one that’s forced to clean it up. Especially during the cold winter months, some pet owners become a little lackadaisical when it comes to cleaning up after their pets. This type of situation is very common in many apartment buildings and condominiums. As a result, some companies have reacted.

There is nothing more frustrating than accidentally stepping into a waste left behind by animals … and then being the one that’s forced to clean it up. Especially during the cold winter months, some pet owners become a little lackadaisical when it comes to cleaning up after their pets. This type of situation is very common in many apartment buildings and condominiums. As a result, some companies have reacted.

In fact, one property management company located in Louisville, Kentucky has decided that they have had enough. They hired a DNA service that tests dog waste in order to identify their culprits. This particular animal waste matching service specializes in canine genetic testing.

How does it work? It’s simple. The DNA testers claim that they will take a swab of a dog’s mouth for a sample of DNA. Then they store the results in a large database of over 30k DNA samples. Property managers can mail the company a small specimen for testing. If the company finds a match, the property management company is notified. As a result, property managers can present their tenants with proof and fine them accordingly.

Obviously, the pets are not to blame for the waste. The Kentucky property managers have it down to a science. When they find a match, they charge the resident up to $100 for the test – not including a fine. This new rule surely has pet owners up in arms. On the flip side, the property owners feel that the new strict rule will greatly encourage pet owners to clean up after their pets.

Are you a pet owner? How do you feel about a new DNA testing for pet waste rule for pets? It is a good idea? Will it yield a better result than other tactics?

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