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Lawyer Says Condo’s Proposed PooPrints DNA Program Is ‘Absolutely Ridiculous’

Posted May 20, 2010 11:10 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The board overseeing a ritzy Baltimore condo put off a vote Wednesday evening on a plan to collect “doggie DNA” to identify the dog or dogs that are leaving their droppings in the common areas of the building.

Scarlett Place condo board members didn’t vote on the idea, and didn’t say when or whether they would, ABC2News.com reports.

The service, called PooPrints, is offered by a Tennessee company called BioPet Vet Lab, the Baltimore Sun reported last week. Dog owners would have been charged an initial fee of $50 and then $10 a month to cover the costs of the program. Their dogs would have been swabbed for DNA to see if it matches poop found in the building. Dog owners held responsible would be fined $500.

Lawyer Richard Hopp, who owns a Brussels Griffon dog named Sparky, was among the opponents. "It's absolutely ridiculous," Hopp told the Baltimore Sun. "I feel like I'm living in a Seinfeld episode."

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