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Thousands are spending big bucks on DNA tests for their pets

June 19, 2019 - 4:00 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Nashville apartment complex just implemented a policy that residents think is a steaming pile of dog poop.

Literally, residents must provide their dog’s DNA sample so that if said steaming pile isn’t picked up, the apartment can test it and bill the owner $200.

And they are not alone — apartments and home owner associations across the country are requiring owners to submit their pets’ DNA.

That’s in addition to the more than 100,000 individuals who personally wanted to have their dog’s DNA analyzed to detect inherited diseases, or to confirm parentage of their purebred pup.

Who knows, maybe your dog is related to George Washington’s dog.

Regardless of the purpose, there are legal considerations.

First, if you find that your dog is what a homeowner’s policy considers a dangerous breed, you might not be covered for damage the dog causes.

And if your apartment requires you to provide DNA, it may find that it’s not a breed it allows — or that your dog’s owner is the criminal who failed to pick up after him.