Dog poop DNA testing creates stink in one community

RIVERVIEW, Fla. (WFLA) — Some homeowners in Riverview’s Osprey Run community are upset because the HOA plans to start using DNA testing on dog poop to catch irresponsible dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets.

A resident tells WFLA that the board recently passed a ruling that would require all dog owners to register their animal for $35. The money would pay to register the homeowner’s dog for the database. The DNA poop records would then be used to later identify any violations.

Summer Stiles, an Osprey Run resident, said she’s tired of cleaning up her yard. “They won’t pick it up. Why not pick it up,” said Stiles.

Any poop samples found in the community would be sent away to be tested. Samples that come back matching a pet will result in a fine to the homeowner.

Homeowners have mixed opinions when it comes to the poop DNA testing. Some believe they may be on the hook to pay for test samples that come back inconclusive. Some support the decision, saying pet owners should be fined for not picking up after their pet. Others think it’s an extreme measure.

Renter Caitlyn Brooks said, “I don’t think it needs to be that extreme. Like I don’t know if taking samples and testing DNA is really that serious.”

If poop is collected, it’ll be sent off and tested. If it comes back matching your pooch’s DNA, you could be paying for the test and a fine. A stinky situation that could result in a lien, if unpaid.

“I think it’s a little bit ridiculous, just because the people who do take care of their pets and clean up after their pets are being penalized for the people who are being lazy,” said Ashley Woodham.

HOA said dog owners have until March 11th to get registered.

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