Sometimes I feel like
A clump of dog-doo
Laying on the sidewalk
That only gets stepped on
And is considered
Nothing but a
A little ditty I wrote way back in high school, this simple poem expressed my feelings of an awkward youthful age. It also expresses what is universally deemed a problem – dog poop in residential areas. Quite shockingly to many, some apartment complexes in the Northeast have decided to take a new approach to the age-old problem. They’re employing a bit of scientific sleuthing to scout down the perpetrators of this nuisance.
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And no, they’re not after dogs that go poop. Though what they are after, are the dog’s humans who neglect to clean up after their pooches. It is basic common courtesy, albeit difficult to enforce; if your dog drops a load on common or private property, you immediately scoop it up and dispose of it properly. But not everyone adheres to this policy, and the trail they leave can be annoying to anyone, especially those who don’t have dogs themselves.
Apartment complexes in NH have now begun using DNA testing to sort out those who are not being so nice to their neighbors. With these tests so easily available and affordable, it seems a logical solution. When Debbie Violette, apartment complex manager of the Timberwood Commons in Lebanon, NH, requested DNA tests of all resident dogs, surprisingly, she was not met with resistance. She stated that so far, at least, people have been positive about accommodating this new detail.
Granted, it’s a new idea, and as with all new things only time will tell if it is a successful solution to an age-old problem. Some people view this as too intrusive, restrictive, or forced. But hey – if you’re not guilty of leaving your dog’s droppings around for others to deal with, why would you worry? I say, do the test, prove your innocence.
At a time when so many are punished for the wrongdoings of a few, here’s a chance to single out the bad apples. Dog owners everywhere should be for this idea. Why should the good, respectful ones take the suspicious hesitation – if not outright grief – that should be reserved for the few who aren’t?
I think McGruff would love this idea of taking a bite out of crime!
source: The Associated Press