York Co. condo board tries DNA to nab poop policy violators


About the same time the Pennsylvania Senate was considering a bill to collect DNA samples from those accused of a serious crime, a York County community association was announcing its decision to impose an even stricter law on its four-legged citizens.

A Dallastown condo association - tired of pet owners violating their poop scoop policy - sent letters to residents last week telling them that all dogs must submit a DNA sample so they can track down the scofflaws, according to the York Daily Record.

It's not the first time we've heard about doggie DNA collection, but it may be a first for Pennsylvania.

The Chestnut Pointe Condominium Association Board says it will ship the samples to PooPrints, a lab which will run the DNA and enter the results into a registry.

Any dog waste found within the condo community will be sampled, sent to PooPrints and checked against the DNA in the registry.

First time offenders face a $120 fine with the penalty climbing with each subsequent infraction, she said.

"We are not trying to pick on any dog owner," board president Lee March told the newspaper. "Our goal is to have clean and sanitary community where kids can play and people can walk through the grass without stepping in a pile of dog poo."

Chestnut Pointe is a 12-unit condominium community and home to seven dogs and has battled dog poop problem in common areas for several years.

Efforts to deal with the problem by emailing owners has been unsuccessful. The board considered a surveillance camera but decided to go with DNA for fullproof crime solving.

"With the DNA, there is no denying it," March said. "These are DNA results, so there won't be a question of which dog it is."

She said the board will cover the cost of the initial DNA samples. But residents who bring dogs into the community after June 21 will have to cover the cost of the $50 sample.

The Pennsylvania Senate meanwhile, passed its bill requiring those accused of certain serious crimes submit to a DNA test. The bill now goes to the state House.