Residents use DNA testing to get the scoop on poopers

USA: Frustrated with dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets, an increasing number of apartments in Seattle are opting to use DNA testing to identify the culprits.

The Seattle Times reports that a company called BioPet Vet Lab from Knoxville, Tennessee, is providing its PooPrints testing kits to 26 apartment and condo complexes and homeowners associations in the region.

Erin Atkinson, property manager at Potala Village Apartments in Everett said the messes are all over. “There was poop inside the elevators, in the carpeted hallways, up on the roof. They’re lazy, I guess.”

That’s why, since February 2014, tenants have been paying a “one-time fee of $29.95 for DNA testing”.

BioPet says in the past five years, the DNA test has been used in nearly 1,000 places around the country, and it’s especially popular in Miami, Dallas, and Los Angeles.

The marketing took a little longer to reach the northwest, but three counties in Seattle provide opportune sites. They are home to about 811,000 dogs. Seattle has 50% more dogs than children, according to the newspaper. One study said the average dog poop weighs 450g and the dogs in that region are responsible for about 122kg of droppings a day.

Atkinson says that after some initial fines, DNA testing is working at her complex, with two dozen or so dogs.

“One person was fined five times in one week,” she said. “That’s over $500. Now people clean up after their dogs.”

A lesson in driving

USA:

New Jersey police say a teenager who had just received her learner’s permit drove into an apartment block and struck three gas meters after hitting the accelerator instead of the brake. The 16-year-old was getting a driver’s lesson from her father when the crash occurred.

Authorities said she stepped on the wrong pedal and crashed into the wall of an apartment building. She also hit three gas meters, causing natural gas leaks and leading to the evacuation of 12 apartments.

No one was injured.

Like a pig in... a pool

ENGLAND:

A pig has been rescued by firefighters after it got stuck in a swimming pool. Dorset Fire and Rescue Service was called after the animal, called Pigwig, fell in the pool at a home in Ashley, near Ringwood, Hampshire.

Ice-cream wars

USA:

A judge has dismissed stalking and harassment charges filed against an ice-cream truck operator who had been accused of trying to run his rival, Mr Ding-A-Ling, out of their small New York town.

Prosecutors in Fulton County said a judge in Gloversville dismissed the charges against Joshua Malatino this week.

Malatino and a co-owner of their Snow Kone Joe ice-cream truck business were charged in April 2013 after the driver of a Mr Ding-a-Ling truck claimed the pair had harassed and stalked him. Officials said Malatino had told the rival operator that he owned the ice cream business in Gloversville.

Rapped after rapper pap

USA:

A state trooper has been reprimanded for posing for a photo with Snoop Dogg at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, because the rapper has several convictions for drug possession.

Billy Spears was working in security at the event when Snoop Dogg asked to take a picture with him. The rapper posted the image to Instagram with the comment “Me n my deputy dogg”.

Department of Public Safety and Transportation officials saw the posting and cited Spears for deficiencies which require counselling by a supervisor. Spears’ lawyer said his client did not know about the rapper’s criminal record.

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