Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Condo HOA employs fecal forensics to crack down on dog doo

— If your pooch poops, you pay.

Plagued with pets that do business in all the wrong places, dog owners in the Village of Abacoa, a condominium association of 458 units, must pay a $200 fee starting Aug. 1. The money will pay DNA Pet World Registry to take the dog's genetic fingerprint and keep the information on file.

Doggie droppings found in condo common areas will be collected and mailed in a plastic tube to the Knoxville, Tenn.-based company.

If the poop matches the pooch, the owners can be fined up to $1,000. If they don't pay, a lien can be placed on their home, said Susan Nellen, property manager for Versa Property Management, which manages the condo near Roger Dean Stadium.
Humans have a symbiotic bond with canines built over millenniums. Modern day co-existence however can be difficult, particularly when humans and their animals live in close quarters such as condo complexes. Watch where you walk.


Anonymous said...

This recalls the warnings that American movie goers just passed off as a "good movie", not realizing that it was a harbinger of things to come. I am talking about the 1995 movie, The Colony, starring John Ritter. The subdivision's micro-management and severe control of an owner's life and property were presented, and I think it was the first movie to bring HOA issues to the attention of the public.

The Colony (CID/HOA/condo) even had the right to take your dog and have it's larynx "adjusted" so it wouldn't bark too loud and violate the noise abatement rules. The President said it was a humane procedure as it still would allow the dog to bark somewhat.

As one reviewer on Amazon commented, "Warning if you can not watch cruelty to dogs and ferns then you may find this upsetting."

Methinks these retired HOA board nmemebrs in Florida are watching too many old movis and getting bad ideas.

Anonymous said...

responsible people pick up after themselves, their children, their pets and anyone else for whom they are responsible.

just like 90% of all laws are aimed at those who think they don't have to abide by the civil contracts of society, this appears to be aimed at those who think they don't have to behave with courtesy and common sense.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like something out of an episode of "CSI:HOA"

Beth said...

If this was the only thing an hoa did, I'd be 100% in support. I'm really tired of scofflaws not picking up after their dogs.

The benefits of doggie forensics don't outweigh the hoa disadvantages, though.