However, there are also instances when pets may pose a health and safety risk to humans and the environment. That happens when their humans fail to scoop the poop. In condominium living, the residents in the community share common element areas, which means that if owners fail to uphold their responsibility to clean up after their pet, others who live on the property are exposed to the toxins carried by dog excrement. According to the Canadian Public Health Association, these wastes may end up in nearby bodies of water, which can threaten the ecosystem. Diseases such as E.Coli, Salmonellosis, Roundworm and Tapeworms are just some illnesses that can be passed on to both humans and other animals.
While there are many responsible pet owners, there are also those who spoil it for the entire lot. And there are serious consequences. CityNews.ca talks about two condominium buildings in Toronto looking to amend condo rules to ban pets as a solution to pet owners who fail to clean up after their furpals. Garry Bradamore, Founder of PooPrintsCDN in Canada, feels that completely banning dogs from condos is too much of an extreme recourse and has a better solution in mind. The issue first came to light when he was walking his girlfriend’s dog and noticed that there was waste everywhere. He did an informal survey, talked to family and friends, and found that they also noticed the same thing. “It’s everywhere! Even stairwells and garages,” Garry notes.
Although condominiums have rules for pet ownership, enforcement can be tricky when you have to guess which stink bomb belongs to which canine. Most reports come in the form of complaints by neighbours who witness the deed – and most of the time, it’s “his” word against “hers”. Searching CCTV footage is one option, but can be time consuming and a waste of man hours.
By using dog DNA, and specimen from the waste, offenders can be tracked with 100% accuracy. “All we want is to make people accountable for picking up after their pets… instead of wasting the time of security personnel to go through hours and hours of video. Here, there’s no question,” says an impassioned Garry, “It’s 100% your dog”.
How does it work, exactly? To collect DNA sample, the inside of your dog’s cheeks are swabbed and then registered and uploaded on to the DNA World Pet registry database through PooPrints. However, in order for this to be effective, the whole condo needs to get on board. Some 2000 properties in the USA, UK and Canada have already signed up for the service. The first order of business? Amending the Declaration to reflect that PooPrinting is mandatory for dog owners living in the condo. Once the offenders are identified, fines that are placed and expenses incurred to identify the culprit are charged back to the unit. The fee to register an animal is $50 each, with waste kits at $25 and testing costs at $60.
After that, “The next step is to educate people with regards to the health risk of not picking up dog waste,” ends Garry.
Garry brings 25 years of sales, marketing and service expertise to the introduction of PooPrints CDN, which was launched in September of 2016. His projects gravitate towards environmental conscience and/or efficient products or services; through technology, software, recycling, energy and waste.
There are also other benefits to PooPrinting aside from feces matching, which includes tracking lost pooches! Instead of microchipping, which involves inserting a foreign object into your furpal’s body, DNA can be used in the unfortunate event that your canine gets lost. Pawrents who have their four-legged friends registered may also upload all of their pet’s information onto the database, including photos and medical history.
To find out more, visit www.Pooprintscdn.com.