CRIMINAL ... DNA testing used by criminal investigators will be used to identify dog owners - through their pet's poo - who aren't cleaning up after their dogs.
A newly opened Long Island rental building has ordered up DNA-sampling kits for dogs as a way to catch scofflaw owners who do not clean up after their pets, the New York Post reported Sunday.
It would be the first genetics-based poop patrol in New York.
The pilot program at the Avalon Bay Community complex in Rockville Centre, a village in Nassau County, has already ordered four "PooPrint" kits that would require a saliva swab taken from each dog's mouth. The samples would then be sent to a Tennessee-based lab for analysis and entered into the DNA World Pet Registry.
If a groundskeeper then finds an offending mound in a common area, he would pluck a marble-sized sample from it and store it in a plastic tube. The sample is mailed to the DNA detectives at the Bio Pet Vet lab in Knoxville, who then match it to the offending dog.
The errant owner could be fined from $50 to $1,000, but that would be up to building management. That is on top of the $90 charge the tenant pays to sign up for the registry in the first place.
"I think it's a little extreme," said a new Avalon renter about the complex's pet police. But she and her daughter have no pets, and in any case, she said, "I would curb my dog."
Pet lab company executive Eric Mayer says the PooPrint program -- whose motto is "Match the Mess Through DNA" -- expects to have 300 franchises opened by the end of the year.
"It's like CSI. We build a database for the community," Mayer said.