Plano Apartment Demands Dog DNA to Track Messy Owners

A Plano apartment complex is set to become the latest North Texas multi-family residential facility to demand DNA tests of all dogs living on the property in an effort to catch owners who fail to pick up their dog's waste.

In a letter sent out Friday, the management at NorthSide at Legacy notified residents that the complex is instituting a program with PooPrints, a Tennessee-based company, to create a DNA database for all of the dogs on the property. 

Residents will be required to bring their dogs to the leasing office by Feb. 16 to provide the DNA sample, which will be obtained through a mouth swab, according to the letter.

Once their dog is registered, any dog waste left on the property can be sent off to a lab to be matched to the dog.  The fine for an offense will be $250 and if the fine is not paid the tenant's rental agreement will be terminated, the letter indicated.

"The goal of the program is to help maintain a clean and sanitary environment for all of our residents," said David Marguiles, who represents Lincoln Properties, the company that owns and operates the NorthSide at Legacy apartments.

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