(CBS) PLANO, Texas - Doggie "doo" has become such a problem in some North Texas apartment complexes that pets' DNA is being collected, to be able to identify and reprimand animal owners who aren't cleaning up after their pooch, CBS DFW reports.
The Northside at Legacy apartment complex in Plano is one place relying on the so-called "poo-prints" to keep a file on the dogs' DNA, and keep pet owners in line.
The new policy says a resident's dog must have their mouth swabbed for DNA so that any droppings not picked up can be traced back to the animal's owner. Once identified, the owner could reportedly face a $250 fine.
CBS DFW reports more local apartment complexes will likely adopt the pet DNA policy soon.
According to the station, the Plano apartment complex is giving residents a grace period of a month to come in and get their pet swabbed at no cost.
The goal is to help maintain a clean environment for the residents and make it clear that leaving behind "doo" is a very big "don't."