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Colorado town considers DNA testing dog poop at apartment complex

By: Sawyer D'Argonne, Sky- Hi News
March 30, 2018 Updated: March 30, 2018 at 7:15 pm
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The town of Winter Park is considering instituting DNA testing for dogs at the newly built, town-owned Hideaway Place apartment complex in response to a number of owners failing to pick up after their pets. In this Gazette file photo, Spike, the nine-month-old pound puppy, left watches over his owner Marti Cooksi, back right, as she collects dog excrement and cactus. (The Gazette, Bryan Oller)

The town of Winter Park is considering instituting DNA testing for dogs at the newly built, town-owned Hideaway Place apartment complex in response to a number of owners failing to pick up after their pets, according to Winter Park Housing Manager John Crone.

Renters received an email from Crone last week detailing issues the complex has had with dogs, from failing to pick up dog waste to failing to properly register them. While no decisions have yet been made, Crone said the town is considering DNA testing as a possible deterrent for those who don't pick up after their pets.

"We have not instituted DNA testing yet," said Crone. "It's just a possibility. What we're trying to do is get ahead of any problem before there is a problem."

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