Dallas Renters Face Eviction if They Fail to Pick Up After Pets
by Shelly Slater
DALLAS — Managing man’s best friend is Joshuah Welch’s full-time job. He runs the Ilume apartment community in Dallas.
“They’re going to go poo in the morning and the afternoon,” he said. “Here at Illume property, we have 300 dogs on site. That’s 600 poos a day. Of those, I guarantee 25 percent will not be picked up. Then we have 100 land mines all over my building.”
Welch said it’s unsightly, unhealthy, and unsafe.
So he’s using PooPrints, a DNA tracking system, to clean things up. Pet owners are required to submit their canine to a simple test.
“We give them a biscuit, swab the cheek, and it’s over,” Welch explained. With the doggie DNA on file, if an owner doesn’t pick up the mess, Welch collects the sample and sends it off to the lab.
“People never thought I would be on my hands and knees collecting this poo from the ground, but once you get busted once, it proves a point that we are serious,” Welch said.
Cedric Moses with PooPrints says the issue is affecting our storm water runoff, and thus, eventually our drinking water.
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