Dog Waste Bag And DNA

It will soon be vitally important to use a dog waste bag to pick up dog waste.  There are currently new detectives implicating those who fail to pick up dog poop.  And the fines for poop scofflaws are continuing to climb.  DNA detection is the wave of the future.

DNA or Deoxyribonucleic acid is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions that are used in the development and functioning of all living organisms.  It is like a set of blueprints specific for each living organism.  Every cell in an animal’s body has the same DNA so it is present in blood and also in dog poop.  This is why it is now one of the newest ways to implicate those who fail to pick up waste with a dog waste bag.

There are now businesses making money on this detective work.  Some of the fiercest battle lines in civic dialogue are being drawn around dog poop and those who fail to use a waste bag.  People are passionate about this subject and the evidence of the need to clean up behind our pets is piling up like so much of the waste that Fido and his friends deposit daily.  Poop is piling up on lawns, sidewalks and streets as owners fail to use dog waste bags.  Neighbors, homeowners, association boards, apartment managers and residents, community leaders, environmentalists, park advocates and others are flinging words and looking for solutions to find the poop scofflaws.  Many have already turned to the new DNA-related businesses for help.

These new businesses are making good money.  They are also helping us keep our communities clean.  In the United States alone, approximately 6.3 billion pounds of dog waste is generated annually.  Approximately 40%, or a whopping 2.5 billion pounds, is never picked up in a dog waste bag by owners.  Dog waste is a bacterial breeding ground of a huge gallery of diseases that are particularly dangerous to children and to others who have weakened immune systems.  One roundworm that is found in dog waste is Toxocara canis.  This is especially dangerous to children and has been known to cause blindness.  Dog waste cannot be left lying to cause these health problems.  The new DNA programs will help prevent this from happening.

Capri, an island in the Gulf of Naples in western Italy, and San Sebastian in Spain are two vacation destinations that have already enacted the DNA program to help clean up their communities.  All dogs are required to be registered and have blood samples drawn and sent to the program laboratory.  Local government workers locate any dog waste that is not picked up, call the police and then send a sample of the waste to the laboratory.  DNA is extracted from the specimen and compared to the results from the registered dog’s blood samples.  The dog owner who did not use the dog waste bag will then be fined.  Current fines are $2,651 in Capri and $433 in San Sebastian.

This program is also being warmly received in the United States.  Condominium associations and apartment complexes are the first to be enacting it.  Many have relied on fines for years, but the problem has always been in catching those who fail to use dog waste bags.  Some rely on video cameras, but this is time consuming and expensive.  The new DNA detection program has proven to be cost-effective and successful.  The expense is born by those who have pets.  DNA testing is now added to rental or purchase agreements for tenants who have pets.  Only the pet owners pay for the program.  This is as it should be.  Some programs only require a saliva sample from the dog, rather than a blood sample.  This is a less-expensive way of detecting DNA and more welcomed by some owners.

Dog Owners All Use a Dog Waste Bag

In New Hampshire Complex

One manager of a large apartment complex in New Hampshire speaks of great success with enactment of the program.  Debbie Logan claims “Our community prides itself on being pet friendly… we quickly learned that a small percentage of our residents were not cleaning up after their pets.  We knew we needed a solution quickly, but did not know how we would catch the violators when most of the violations happen when nobody is watching.  We researched what other communities were doing all over the United States.  As part of our move-in orientation…pet owner swabs their own dog.  The program has worked better than we ever imagined it would.  The property management team is thrilled that their time can be spent on other managerial duties besides pooper scooper violators and the residents are happy their community is well-kept and clean.  Everybody wins!!!”

As the DNA businesses continue to rack up profits with apartments and condominiums, they are moving into neighborhoods, communities, towns, villages and cities.  It will not be long before everyone uses dog waste bags to avoid the hefty fines that are continuing to increase for those who do not.  Although a $500 fine used to be the norm, this is rapidly increasing.  LaFayette, Colorado has their highest fine currently at $1000 and it is quoted to be even higher in Hoboken, New Jersey.  The DNA program will soon help these and other communities identify those who fail to use a dog waste bag.  This will not only help the communities collect needed funding from the poop scofflaws, but eventually help keep their neighborhoods cleaner and healthier.

Methods similar to the DNA program will continue to be discovered and enacted.  As this happens, using a dog waste bag to pick up dog poop will soon become the normal action for those who own dogs.   All of us will benefit.  The most obvious benefit if all pet owners begin to use dog waste bags will be a cleaner, healthier and a dog waste free environment.  Owners who are futuristic enough in their vision to use a poop pouch will also give us the added visual benefit of a hidden full bag of dog poop.