Bad Neighbors vs. Pooper Scooper

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Residents of a new apartment complex in Lebanon NH will not be able to give that furtive sidelong glance and leave the poop behind while walking their dogs, at least not without consequence. The apartment manager means business and will conduct DNA tests on any future evidence left at the scene.

Timberwood Commons apartment complex manager Debbie Violette has sent notice to residents that they must clean up after their dogs or face potential fines. She has purchased commercially available animal DNA test kits, and resident dogs will have saliva swab samples on file for matching against evidence sent to the lab for testing.

This comes as a last resort after dog waste was found all over the lawns and walkways of the new complex, which Ms. Violette is determined to keep clean. Presumably, the possibility of DNA testing will be an effective deterrent.

Resident Billy Clough has weighed the issue and says the prospect of DNA testing seems “way over the top,” but acknowledges the unpleasant aspect of those surprises left by thoughtless neighbors. “Coming out in your dress shoes first thing in the morning, you step in a pile. That’s no fun.”

29 thoughts on “Bad Neighbors vs. Pooper Scooper”

  1. my neighbors make it bad for the rest of us, there are sections of my complex that are already ‘no dogs allowed’. If you’re a dog lover, you’ll do your part!

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  2. @ Jason I completely agree with you. Especially when the cost of those DNA tests are not cheap. Who do you think the cost will be pushed onto? The renters of course. Why not just, like Jason said, get a camera or two. They might cost more upfront, but it is the cheaper option over time. As well as definitive proof. Those DNA tests have proven to not be so effective. I have a lab/pit mix and used one of these tests. It came back saying Yorkshire Terrier,and Jack Russell, were his predominent breeds! So I think the cameras would be a better deterrent.

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  3. really, how long do you have to wait for a pup to drop a couple nuggets and watch the owner beat feet? lol

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