In an article on ABC’s website, it seems the problem of dog waste is being addressed in a way that goes beyond the signs we see that read, “Pick up after you dog” with a fine attached that ranges anywhere from a few bucks to hundreds. A company called PooPrints West has decided to hold owners accountable for not being mindful and cleaning up after their dogs when out on walks.
Working with apartment complexes, PooPrints would keep samples of DNA swabs from the dogs that live in a building. If some waste is found on the street or walkways by the complex, a small sample taken would be examined and if it matched up with a dog living in that complex, the owner would then be fined. As expected, there is mixed feelings about this.
Now, we all hate seeing and sometimes stepping in dog waste. It’s really horrible when you’re jogging, it’s gross when it’s rainy or snowy, and how many parents have had children run through it or even worse, pick it up? Yup, we’ve all been there and we’d love to see this be a problem of the past. But that means that all of us, pet owners, would need to become responsible and set examples, and be more mindful. Cleaning our backyards more often, always keeping a few bags in our pockets, and always being willing to clean up even if it seems your dog has an upset stomach… this is a very conscious decision for us to make. Can we do it? I think so.
My apartment complex has a post with a bucket where people stuff plastic bags for everyone to use, there is also another complex nearby that has a post as well. These aren’t just for those who live in the complex. It’s for anyone who walks their dog and doesn’t have a bag. The fact that some of us leave bags there is a gesture of good will, conscious of the fact that sometimes our dogs go twice and we need a bag, and conscious of making our streets cleaner. Many dog parks are also starting to catch on and have a bag depot where you can “donate” your old plastic bags and use one. The problem is, with the advent of less plastic bags being used in some cities, what does this mean for the posts? Will people go as far as to donate some of their doggie bags that they actually paid for? I’m curious.
However, back to the story at hand, if PooPrints proves to work in cities and areas where residents are notorious for not picking up after their dog, maybe it’ll be something to consider as another solution or just a “oh man, I don’t want to be fined, ever!” reminder for those of us who just need a little fear thrown into our day.
What do you think about PooPrints? What would you suggest? We’d love to know.