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Apartment Complex to start DNA testing dogs to find droppings left by owner

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Have you ever stepped in it? No, really, stepped in dog droppings left by their owners who didn't clean it up?

It's happened to people at an apartment complex on the Southside one time too many and now they're taking drastic measures to make sure people clean up after their pooch. 

The Homeowners Association at Ville Medici says traditional poopy bags and pooper scoopers aren't working, so they're going high tech.

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But the drastic measures have left some pet owners, like Annalee Shun, uncomfortable.

Shun's Great Dane Saide is a whole lot of dog.

"She started off at 13 pounds, and she has blossomed in to a tank of 118 pounds," she said. 

So now everything's bigger.

Bigger food, bigger fun, and yup, bigger landmines.

"She's 118 pounds, so if I didn't pick up after her, people would probably think there was a vagrant problem around my apartment building," she said. 

Dog droppings have become a big problem for many apartment complexes when their owners don't do their "doo" diligence.

So Villa Medici on the Southside decided to do something about it: DNA Testing.

The program is called PooPrints and requires every dog that lives in the apartment to be DNA tested.

"I walk my dog at night sometimes with only flip flops and I don't want to step on something like that. It's disgusting," said Board Member and dog owner Jimmy Manos.

Manos helped come up with the policy with the homeowners association.

He says people leaving their dogs' poop has become a major problem, so they decided to go with PooPrints.

Each resident will now have to pay $35 bucks for a cheek swab for their dog, and then anytime their pup's brand is found on the ground, they'll get a $100 dollar fine.

"I'm also interested to know who is going to be testing the poop?Whose job is that," said Shun.

Manos says the maintenance staff will take care of, um, collection, and he hopes it will encourage people to pick up what their pet's put out.

"This is something that's a safety measure, and ultimately it's going to make this community better, greener, and smell probably a bit better as well," said Manos. 

But the whiff isn't worth it for Sadie or her mom.

"I wouldn't live in that apartment complex because I wouldn't want to pay that fee," said Shun. 

The residents will have until November 29 to comply, or start faing a $100 a day fine. 

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