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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO/AP) – A DNA registry for animals is keeping apartment and condo complexes in Minnesota free of errant dog droppings.

It’s a first of its kind company called PooPrints, a division of BioPets Vet Lab in Knoxville, Tenn. The Pioneer Press reports the company just started its services here in the Twin Cities.

It’s a booming business, especially with apartment complexes.

The manager of an apartment complex in Roseville, Patti Trongard, says “it’s kind of like the ‘CSI’ of dog ownership.”

The company collects “genetic material” from every dog in the building and records them into the PooPrints registry. Then, when an owner fails to pick up after their dog, a sample is sent in and matched with the DNA in the database.

The bad dog and owner are identified and could potentially be fined by their landlord — or the city — for littering.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says the company charges $30 for registering a DNA sample and $50 for testing.

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