Dog poop DNA service aims to clean up Minnesota dog owners' bad habits

The war against discarded droppings has come to Minnesota.
The war against discarded droppings has come to Minnesota.

Knoxville, Tennessee-based BioPets Vet Lab is trying to clean up lazy dog owners' act, one turd at a time.

The company, which recently expanded into Minnesota, contracts with apartment managers and homeowner associations across the country, gathering doggie DNA samples via mouth swabs. When dog droppings are found in places they shouldn't be, the samples are sent to BioPets' lab for analysis.

Roseville's 189-unit Rosedale Estates North apartment complex has had trouble with poop pollution and recently began working with BioPets to crack down on lazy dog owners. First offenders are fined $100. The second offense results in another $100 fine, and the offending dog can no longer live in the apartment building.

Rosedale Estates resident and dog owner Melody Pomerenke told WCCO that "it was bad" before the complex started working with BioPets.

"I would have to have a separate pair of shoes to go outside," she said. "It was not good."

But the mere threat of a fine and possible doggie exile has already improved the situation at Rosedale Estates, residents say. And just last week, apartment workers collected the first errant dropping found since the complex started working with BioPets. The sample has been sent to the lab for analysis.

The Pioneer Press reports that just two months after BioPets debuted in Minnesota, seven apartment complexes and homeowners associations have already contracted with the company.

So consider yourselves warned, lazy dog owners -- the war against discarded droppings has arrived in Minnesota, and may soon be coming to a neighborhood or apartment complex near you.

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