Dog poo DNA testing spreads to downtown apartments


CENTRAL INDIANA ARE USING D-N-A TESTS… TO HOLD DOG OWNERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT THEIR DOGS DO. ( ) IF YOUR DOG DEALT IT… THEY’LL TEST IT.. AND YOU PAY THE FINE. NEWS EIGHT’S BRENNA DONNELLY HAS THE SCOOP…. BRENNA? (BRENNA) SOME FOLKS JUST DON’T CLEAN UP AFTER THEIR DOG…. AND YOU CAN’T PROVE WHOSE DOO IS WHOSE.. RIGHT? THE CITY OF CARMEL HAS BEEN USING THE “POO PRINTS” DNA LABS FOR YEARS TO ENFORCE A CLEAN PARK… AND IT’S SINCE CAUGHT ON WITH CARMEL APARTMENTS….. AND NOW INTO DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS. (REPORTER BRENNA DONNELLY) (((DOGS PANTING) DOGS ARE CUTE. (((HEY BABY) FRIENDLY. (((NOSE IN CAMERA) BUT NOT ALWAYS… (POOPING) GLAMOROUS. ((MICHAEL ALLEN / CARMEL PARKS AND REC DIRECTOR FOR PARK MAINTENANCE: DOG FECES IS A BIG PROBLEM. IT’S A HEALTH CONCERN AND A LOT OF DOG PARK USERS GET TURNED OFF BY IT. SO THREE YEARS AGO.. CARMEL PARKS AND REC IMPLEMENTED A NEW RULE AT THEIR CENTRAL DOG PARK. YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE A CHEEK SWAP FROM YOUR DOG… FOR A DNA PROFILE. ((MICHAEL ALLEN / CARMEL PARKS AND REC DIRECTOR FOR PARK MAINTENANCE- THE DOG DNA IS ON RECORD SO IF WE HAVE AN ACCIDENT ON THE TURF THAT DOESNT GET CLEANED UP, WE GO AHEAD AND SUBMIT THAT PROFILE AND WE CAN REACH OUT OT THAT MEMBER THAT WE HAVE A PROBLEM. THEY’RE D-N-A TESTING DITCHED DOG DOO…. AND DUMPING A FINE ON THE OWNERS. ((MICHAEL ALLEN / CARMEL PARKS AND REC DIRECTOR FOR PARK MAINTENANCE: THE FINE IS ABOUT 80 DOLLARS AND THATS TO COMPENSATE FOR THE TEST. TANYA ROUDEBUSH SAYS SHE’S BEEN FINED BEFORE… ((TANYA ROUDEBUSH / DOG OWNER: I GOT AN EMAILL WHICH I WAS VERY SUSPRISED TO HEAR WE’D MISSED ONE. AND SHE THOUGHT THE DOG PARK WAS BLUFFING. ((TANYA ROUDEBUSH / DOG OWNER: I ACTUALLY GOT THE NAME OF THE LAB IN KY AND FOUND OUT IT WAS A REAL PROGRAM THAT THEY’RE RUNNING. BUT IN THE END.. SHE WAS FINE… WITH THE FINE. ((TANYA ROUDEBUSH / DOG OWNER: I THOUGHT IT WAS SORT OF OVER THE TOP BUT NOW IT MAKES TOTAL SENSE ((MICHAEL ALLEN / CARMEL PARKS AND REC DIRECTOR FOR PARK MAINTENANCE: IVE BEEN INVOLVED IN DOG PARK MANAGEMENT IN OTHER PLACES AND THIS IS VERY UNIQUE AND I GOTTA SAY IT’S SOMEWHAT OF A BREATH OF FRESH AIR BELIEVE IT OR NOT BECAUSE IT’S SO CLEAN OUT HERE. NOW.. SEVERAL CENTRAL INDIANA APARTMENT COMPLEXES HAVE SCOOPED UP THE IDEA. ((KATIE WRIGHT / PROPERTY MANAGER 360 MARKET SQUARE: THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO DONT CARE ABOUT THE MESS AND DONT CARE IF IT BOTHERS SOMEONE ELSE. KATIE WRIGHT SAYS KNOWING YOU COULD BE CAUGHT.. HAS CUT DOWN ON EXCESS EXCREMENT. ((KATIE WRIGHT / PROPERTY MANAGER 360 MARKET SQUARE: IT COULD START ANYWHERE FROM $200 TO 1,000 DEPENDING ON HOW BAD THE MESS IS. SO WHETHER YOU DO… OR DO NOT AGREE… MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT SAYS IT’S MADE A DIFFERENCE. ((MICHAEL ALLEN / CARMEL PARKS AND REC DIRECTOR FOR PARK MAINTENANCE: WE’RE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT WATCHING OUR STEP. (BRENNA) THE SEASONS OF CARMEL, 9 ON CANAL, AXIS PROPERTIES ALSO USE THE COMPANY POO PRINTS. CARMEL PARKS AND REC ARE THE FIRST CITY ORGANIZATION TO USE IT.. THEY HELD A NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DOG PARKS LAST MONTH AND EXPLAINED THEIR DOGGY DNA DROPPINGS… THEY SAID THE VISITING AGENCIES.. LOVED THE IDEA. (NINA) –TIME CHECK– (SCOTT) THE PACERS ARE WALKING AWAY FROM

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