Minneapolis apartment building collecting pets' DNA to catch poop-a-trators

Paul Walsh, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

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"The brilliance and the simplicity of the idea is that once you take the ability of the person to get away with it, they just pick up," Boosalis said.

Ernie Jones, BioPet's sales manager down at headquarters, said the DNA sample is taken from the interior of the dog's cheek with a Q-tip, then entered in a databank.

"When the property finds feces, they take a nickel-sized sample and send it to us," Jones said. "We send them back a report on who is not cleaning up after their dog."

Boosalis said there's no monkey business with stored doggie DNA -- no surreptitious cloning or other sinister goings on. "We only determine whose owner left behind their dog's waste," he said.

BioPet charges $100 to set up the databank and $50 to $60 for each test.

Jones said BioPet began offering the service in 2010 and has about 2,500 clients in 49 states, Britain, Israel and Canada.


"Minnesota is one of our largest states," Jones said. "I assume it's because of the cold."

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