Doggies Need to be DNA Tested For Hygiene Purposes
Despite the small living spaces and bustling apartment buildings, New Yorkers are pet lovers regardless. They squeeze some time out of their busy schedules to ensure that their dogs get at least one walk a day to release some energy, and some waste. For the most part, owners are responsible and would pick up the doggy duty. A problem is rising in the apartment building, One Brooklyn Bridge Park, where owners are taking their dogs to the stairs, elevators, and hallways to do their daily duty.
Gross! The story dates back to the end of 2014 when tenants started noticing many instances of dog excretion throughout the building. By December, the board of managers started documenting each occurrence. They found: diarrhea, feces, urine and vomit. In January, the board decided to record the DNA of each dog living in the building. Whenever waste is found, the DNA can be matched with a dog and a tenant. Since the DNA method has been implemented, the board has successfully tracked and fined seven cases.
Despite the need to go to such measures to maintain the hygiene of the building, the board is an understanding bunch. They understand that everyone has had times they forget to bring a bag/newspaper to pick up after their dog’s poop. If that ever happens, as long as the owner does his best to clean up, he can notify the concierge to get someone to clean the rest up.
Tenants are worried that the DNA will be used to discriminate certain breeds of dogs, like what a building in the Upper West Side did. Others are concerned that one tenant could take another tenant’s dog’s DNA samples for revenge purposes.
To be honest, if owners aren't willing to walk their dogs in freezing Winter weather, then they need to reconsider owning a pet.
Do you think DNA collection method is a good way to combat discourteous tenants?
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