The Latest Poop: Dog DNA collected to identify pet owners who don't clean up

SAN FRANCISCO - FEBRUARY 24: A dog walks by a sign about litter clean-up at Ft. Funston February 24, 2006 in San Francisco. San Francisco is on its way to being the first city in the nation to convert dog waste to alternative energy by ingesting discarded dog feces into a methane digester, a device that uses bugs and eat the material and emit methane, which would be trapped and burned to power a turbine to make electricity. Dog waste accounts for 4 percent of garbage picked up at San Francisco homes. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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(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."