Carmel Eyes DNA Testing To Make Dog Owners Scoop Poop

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) _ A central Indiana city could turn to DNA to solve its problem with dog poop.

Carmel-Clay Parks is considering hiring a company called PooPrints to test the DNA of dog waste against a database to identify violators and impose fines.

The Knoxville, Tennessee-based company already has contracts with apartment complexes and condos in 45 states, Canada and the United Kingdom. Some apartment complexes use it in Indiana, but The Indianapolis Star reports ( ) Carmel would be the first city.

The service compares poop samples to a database of DNA samples taken from dogs' mouths to identify culprits.

Carmel-Clay Parks director Mark Westermeir says a panel will study the option this spring and may focus on dogs that attend the city's new bark park. The site will open this summer.