Determining who didn’t pick up after their dog is a matter of DNA

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There's a problem at Wau-Lin-Cree apartments that has management turning to forensics and DNA to solve the mystery in a case that involves man’s best friend.

The apartment’s tenants have to watch where they step because they might find themselves in a sticky and smelly situation. Some dog owners aren't picking up after their animals. The problem has gotten so bad that some tenants have complained about the smelly situation, so property manager Karen Peevy is taking drastic action.

Fecal matter can be traced back to the dog that dumped it there. That's where “Poo Prints” comes in. It's a program that connects the dog to the problem that was never cleaned by the owner.

It's an easy process. The owner will take a swab and roll it in their dog's cheek. It will cost $35 for each dog. Samples collected will be sent to a lab. If owners do not pick up after their dog, they will face a $50 fine. About 100 dogs will need to be swabbed and Peevy said ever since this program has been introduced, the problem has dramatically decreased.

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