Call it C.S.I: Suburbia. One West Little Rock apartment complex is resorting to forensic science to make sure pet owners are doing their duty by cleaning up their dog’s doody.
Highland Pointe Apartments Property Manager Laura Bueker says she was sick of messes being left all over the grounds. So, she decided to turn to Poo Prints. Poo Prints is a service that uses DNA testing to determine which pet owners aren’t properly disposing of their dog’s waste.
Every dog on the property must give a saliva swab. Management then submits those samples to Poo Prints, to add to the property’s database. Then, if Bueker or anyone else finds a pile, they send a tiny portion to be cross-referenced at Poo Prints headquarters. A few weeks later, Bueker says they’ll get the results back and know the culprit.
As far as punishment goes, it’s three strikes and you’re out. The first offense will cost offenders $100. The second offense is $150. The third time that tenant and their dog will be asked to move out.
An eight-year resident of Highland Pointe, Chuck DeFede says the piles got to be a real problem.
“I found myself picking up other people’s dogs’ messes more than my own dogs, because I didn’t want to step in it,” he says.
Management started the testing in April, and since then, says it’s only faced one lone “poop-petrator.”
“We’ve only had to send one letter, charge one fee,” explained Bueker. “It’s been so much better.”
Highland Pointe charges pet owners $30 to cover the cost of getting their dog into the database.
Poo Prints says the apartment complex is currently its only client in all of central Arkansas.