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June 29, 2021

Condo association to DNA test dog poo found on grounds

When I was a kid and used to pee in my friend’s pools, er, swim in my friend’s pools, that all stopped one day when I was told what you may have been, too.

Istockphoto_11070664-poop-ban “Now don’t pee in the water, guys,” a friend’s mom said. “There’s a dye in the pool that’ll make a big, red ring around you if you do. We’ll know if you’re peeing in there.”

Of course, the urine-detecting dye is a bit of an urban legend, but my, what a deterrent at the time. What’s this have to do with anything? Well, a Florida condo community with a dog poo problem is rolling out their own version of the urine-detecting dye, only it’s real.

Yes, that means a Jupiter, Fla., condo village, if they continue finding dog droppings left on the estate’s grounds, is claiming they’ll institute a DNA testing policy to find the guilty pooch.

According to the Palm Beach Post, some residents are up in arms over the anti-dog poo program. Starting August 1st, condo fees will jump by $200 so management can take a dog’s “genetic fingerprint” to compare against any future droppings or uncleaned pee found on condo property.

“This is nuts. They will be testing all kinds of poop,” said one of the 458 condo owners. “Is this America?”

But the condo association insists its hand has been forced.

“Dogs are defecating and urinating in elevators, in stairwells, on carpets and in the lobby, as well as common areas outside,” writes the Post. “The condo association is spending $10,000 to $12,000 a year replacing and cleaning,” a source tells the newspaper.

It’s an interesting ploy, you have to admit. If your dog’s DNA, which will be taken by swabbing the pooch’s mouth, is found in a, shall we say, foul way on condo grounds, residents would be subject to a $1,000 fine. If they don’t pay, a lien could be placed on their home.

A lien? Whoa, that’s serious. So this isn’t a urine-detecting dye deterrent at all. It’s a genuine threat.

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

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