Complex turns to DNA to track non-scoopers

Brock Kehoe, of Carolina PooPrints, gets a DNA swab from Molly the Beagle. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

Brock Kehoe, of Carolina PooPrints, gets a DNA swab from Molly the Beagle. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

HIGH POINT, N.C. — When unscooped poop became a problem at its apartment complexes, a Triad company turned to doggie DNA to solve it.

Blue Ridge Companies has been collecting DNA samples from dogs that live at 10 of its properties since early 2013.

The company, which has 45 properties in the Southeast, recently started rolling out the program at 25 more apartment communities, including Burke Ridge Crossing off Stratford Road in Winston-Salem.

“(DNA testing) is required for every dog,” said Susan Passmore, an executive vice president for Blue Ridge.

Passmore said that Blue Ridge is a pet friendly company and that 65 to 70 percent of its residents own pets.

“The majority of our residents are responsible residents and they do pick up after their pets, but some of them don’t,” Passmore said. “For the ones that don’t, it can get really bad, really quick.”

Doggie waste can carry a lot of germs, Passmore said.

“We wanted to make sure the facilities were safe and healthy for pets and residents,” she said.

PooPrints to the rescue

So Blue Ridge turned to Carolina PooPrints, a company described by its owner Brock Kehoe as a DNA, eco-friendly, pet-waste prevention service for managed communities.

Carolina PooPrints creates a database of the DNA of all dogs on a property. If pet waste is left behind, a small sample is collected and matched back to the correct dog – and its owner.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal

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