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DNA testing for dog poop in the rise in Seattle area

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When a violator leaves a mess, the poop can be linked through DNA to the dog and owner. Photo: YouTube When a violator leaves a mess, the poop can be linked through DNA to the dog and owner. Photo: YouTube
SEATTLE -

Frustrated with pet owners who refuse to clean up after their pets, an increasing number of apartments in Seattle are opting to use poop-testing to identify the culprits.

The Seattle Times reports that a company called BioPet Vet Lab is providing its PooPrints testing kits to 26 apartment and condo complexes and homeowners associations in the region.

It's DNA testing for pets.

It's a simple test -- you just swab your dog's inner cheek, put it in a bag and send it to a lab. Sending a poop sample is more complicated.

When a violator leaves a mess, the poop can be linked through DNA to the dog and owner.

Fines are about $60 plus another $50 for the hassle of collecting the sample.

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