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Landlord to collect dog DNA to collar poop scooper scofflaws

November 26, 2019

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (AP) — Dog owners at an upstate New York apartment complex have to present their pets for cheek-swab DNA testing to help their landlord catch pooper scooper scofflaws.

Iroquois Village manager Jillian Ferrera sent residents an email saying the Niskayuna complex is contracting with a company that creates a genetic database of dogs. Feces found on the grounds will be checked against the database to collar the guilty party.

Ferrera said the action is in response to resident complaints about an increase in dog waste around the landscape.

The Times Union reports the complex will fine neglectful pet owners $300 and may refuse to renew their lease if they don’t pay.

Some residents say the policy is unnecessary and the money could be better spent fixing up the property.