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Lakewood Residents Shamed Into Picking Up Dog Poop With DNA Matching

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I feel like before we get into any of the details we should just make it really clear that this is not an Onion headline. This is real life and it's happening now. Onward, to the Whispering Fountains Senior Living Complex in Lakewood, California, a suburb twenty miles southeast of downtown.

Trouble had been brewing at the senior living complex as residents grew increasingly upset over certain neighbors' inability to pick up after their dogs, according to KTLA. Finally, apartment management took matters into their own hands, bringing in a company called "PooPrints," who will use DNA testing to determine who's been remiss in their doggy duties.

KTLA reports that PooPrints has already been contracted to solve similar feces mysteries at over 1700 apartment complexes and buildings. Dogs living at the complex have already had a DNA swab taken, so any poop that hasn't been cleaned up can be matched with the dog's lazy owner. Residents can face a $150 fine for a first offense and $250 for each additional offense.

Some residents, however, feel like management is taking the whole thing a little too far, as KTLA reports.

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"if you leave any traces whatsoever and a resident finds it unsightly, they can collect the DNA, like for a trace, like when the dog has a diarrhea, they'll poo print it and they'll fine you," Leslee Siegel, a dog owner, told the station.

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