SAN ANTONIO -- Rita Dunn has lived at the Mission Ranch apartment complex with her two pit bulls, Tip and Queenie, for about two years.
Now, she's shocked by a letter she received in the mail just last month: In an effort to identify residents who aren't cleaning up dog feces, the complex is requiring dog owners to submit doggie DNA samples.
"Now all of a sudden they pop up out of nowhere. We get this notice in the mail saying that if we don't do the doggie DNA testing it's going to be grounds for up to a $150 fine," Dunn said.
That testing would cost Dunn about $60 -- $30 per dog.
The complex has asked owners to obtain a swab of DNA from each dog and send it into a lab. Whenever they find dog feces that's not picked up, management will send a sample to the lab to see if they can identify a match on file.
"I just feel like what's next? Now, it's a doggie DNA test. In six months it could be something else just to use the gym or to wash your car and use the vacuum," Dunn said.
Management says the many complaints they've received about dog waste necessitate the practice.
Mission Ranch isn't alone. According to Ali Salih from DNA Reference Lab, ten apartment complexes or homeowners associations have talked to him about instituting the testing.
"It helps the owner because we'll have a bank for their DNA. Therefore, if they lost their animal or anything like that we can really set forth to really look for the animal that we can identify that for them," Salih said.