Friday, October 24, 2008

PooPrints(TM)


Fun Fact of the Day
It is estimated that the 75 million dogs in the United States produce 3.6 billion pounds of waste per year. That is equivalent to filling 800 football fields one foot high.

Does it sometimes seem like the sidewalks and parks in your neighborhood are like dog-poop minefields? BioPet Vet Lab, a genetic testing and veterinary reference laboratory in Knoxville Tennessee, has a solution, a dog-poop data base. Remember the city in Israel where dog owners were being asked to register their dog's DNA so that unscooped poop could be traced back to the canine culprit? Same idea here. Except now, BioPet is marketing their service to home-owners' associations and condo complexes.

Here's how it works.
  • First, a participating HOA should pass an amendment to its existing covenant that requires all dog owners in the community to have their pet's DNA analyzed and filed with Bio-Pet's "DNA World Pet Registry." Registering each dog with its DNA on file costs $29.95.
  • Once the DNA is on file, any dropping found in the public areas of the neighborhood can be sent to BioPet to be analyzed and matched up with the DNA already on file. Processing of waste samples costs $49.95 each. BioPet provides complete program kits to the HOA which include waste sampling devices and containers for shipment.
  • When the dog is identified by BioPet, an email report is sent to the HOA, which then can match the pet with the offending owner. The matching process takes three to four days after receipt.
  • With positive proof through the DNA matchup, the association may choose to impose fines on the offenders, which will defray the cost of the program.
Photo Caption: Tom Boyd, CEO of EDP Biotech Corp., of Knoxville, Tenn., poses with his dog, Luke. Boyd hopes homeowners associations and apartment buildings will use his company's new DNA kit to identify neighbors who don't clean up after their dogs.

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