— Residents of a large apartment building in downtown
Minneapolis are under orders to surrender their dogs’
DNA in a campaign to crack down on poop left on the
property, an enforcement strategy that is gaining
popularity around the country.
of the Soo Line Building, an apartment complex with 250
or so units in the heart of Minneapolis, sent letters
this fall to residents directing them to turn over a
sample of their dogs’ chromosomes for storage with
BioPet Lab in Knoxville, Tenn.
dog waste has become a concern for our community due to
a small percentage of residents not cleaning up after
their dogs," the letter to residents in the
102-year-old building began. "We have tried to
manage this problem the best we can, but it continues to
be an issue."
course, tending to a dog’s Biff-like needs can be a
challenge in a densely populated area like a major
downtown. The 20-story Soo Line Building has outdoor
green space on its roof to give relief to its canine
residents, but it seems not enough residents were
bothering to take it to the top.
management has declared, any unattended dog feces
collected from the property near Marquette Avenue and S.
5th Street will be sent to BioPet Lab and matched
against the DNA databank.
positive match means a $150 fine for the resident, the
letter read, adding that ignoring the levy could lead to
eviction. Failure to register the dog’s DNA includes a
$150 fine for every month of defiance and risk of
Soo Line Building’s registration deadline came and
went on Saturday. Its managers did not return a phone
call seeking comment.
Tamburino, chairman of the Downtown Minneapolis
Neighborhood Association and an attorney, called the
enforcement tactic "perfectly legal. … I think it’s
a great idea. I’m sure the property manager is getting
sick of it."
said his association pushes with each new downtown
development for it to include somewhere for dogs to be
are roughly 175 to 200 properties in Minnesota that
contract with BioPet for the doo-doo detective work,
with most of them in the Twin Cities, regional sales
distributor Nick Boosalis said Tuesday. He said
apartment buildings are his largest segment of clients,
followed by associations that oversee condominium or
brilliance and the simplicity of the idea is that once
you take the ability of the person to get away with it,
they just pick up," Boosalis said.
Jones, BioPet’s sales manager down at headquarters,
said the DNA sample is taken from the interior of the
dog’s cheek with a Q-tip, then entered in a databank.
the property finds feces, they take a nickel-sized
sample and send it to us," Jones said. "We
send them back a report on who is not cleaning up after
said there’s no monkey business with stored doggie DNA
— no surreptitious cloning or other sinister goings
on. "We only determine whose owner left behind
their dog’s waste," he said.
charges $100 to set up the databank and $50 to $60 for
said BioPet began offering the service in 2010 and has
about 2,500 clients in 49 states, Britain, Israel and
is one of our largest states," Jones said. "I
assume it’s because of the cold."