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Doggie DNA -- the Way to End Charlestown's Dog Poop Problems?

A company in Tennessee will analyze dog poop to help communities identify pet-owners who aren't cleaning up after their pooches.

Today is Wednesday, July 6. Here are five things you need to know today.

1. Doggie DNA. It could be the secret weapon Charlestown needs to identify (and penalize?) where it doesn’t belong. There’s a company in Tennessee that will analyze a sample of dog poop and use DNA to match it to the offending owner. Only problem: getting pet owners to submit a DNA sample from their pooch. Apparently this is working in some gated communities where all residents (and pets) can be accounted for. Something to consider? Or is this way too creepy? Either way, it’s interesting. Tip of the hat to Dave Evans, who shared this New York Times article with me about the service.

2. It’s easy for people in Charlestown to ignore what’s happening on the other side of Boston. Mattapan and Dorchester might as well be another state. But as a member of the media, I receive daily emails from the police department about crime happening all over the city. About once a week there’s a fatal shooting somewhere in Boston. Or brutal crimes that leave people in critical condition. This Fourth of July there was a lot of crime: four were killed and 9 wounded in separate attacks. I think it’s important for everyone in the city to be aware of it. Please take a minute to read this story, which gives up a wrap-up of the grisly events. 

3. This is very good news for anyone with a child to entertain this summer. The Boston Public Library has put its museum program pass program online. You can get free and discounted admission to museums, as well as zoos, parks and the aquarium. Visit the library’s web site to secure your pass, then visit the Charlestown branch to pick it up.

4. If you happened to be near the Charles on Tuesday morning around 5 a.m., maybe you noticed a giant plume of smoke rising over the river. That’s because the fireworks barge caught on fire. Fortunately officials caught it before the fire reached any unexploded rounds. Want to see a photo?

5. And it’s hot. Sunny today with a high around 90. Stay cool.

For more info on what's happening around the neighborhood, visit our events calendar.

Mary Doherty July 08, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Why is it okay for a dog to pee in someone else's trees and flowers? I don't get it.
BostonMaggie July 10, 2011 at 09:45 PM
I'm with you 100% Mary!
Debbie Evans May 22, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Guy on High Street (corner Cross) refused to pick up his dog's poop this morning when called out by my friend. Claimed she couldn't tell him what to do and that he could leave the poop on "his sidewalk." Apparently, he likes to wait for it to "dry" before he picks it up. Hmmmmm - how many dog owners are there in Charlestown? Imagine if we all waited for our dog's poop to dry before scooping. Anyone know this tool? I have half a mind to leave him a little present on his doorstop.
cheryl waxman May 22, 2012 at 02:58 PM
i WOULD LEAVE IT ON HIS DOORSTEP. i HAVE DONE THAT TO PEOPLE THAT HAVE ILLEGALLY DISPOSED OF THEIR GARBAGE IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE. FOUND IT HIGHLY EFFECTIVE!!!
Joseph May 22, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Guy sounds like a Grade A, self important, entitled a$$hole who has zero respect for his neighbors. Debbie, you should describe the owner and the dog. Guaranteed that his neighbors read The Patch. Neighborhood Watch in full force.
redfox May 22, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Are you people out of your minds? Why would anyone submit themselves or their give up your personal freedoms by submitting your DNA or even your pets DNA to a private company? What happens when there is a mix up in the lab and your and your precious dog is wrongly accused of pooping on a taxpayers property and the City comes to throw FeFe in an oven and you get sued for your life savings. What about the geese the poop over the place should we microchip them too? I know almost of the people in favor of Doggie DNA testing have never served in the Military so I can understand why they are so quick to give up their Civil Liberties!
Happy May 22, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I love the owners who make the effort to put poop in a plastic bag and then leave it on the ground. I see this everywhere in c-town. Great! Now you're littering as well. Awesome.
k May 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM
To the person who let their dog poop on the sidewalk at the corner of Common and Adams on Winthrop Square, you're welcome for picking it up and throwing it away for you.
JMH May 23, 2012 at 01:36 PM
With all the cell phones these days - approach the person and ask them to clean it up nicely. If they are not responsive, like in Debbie's friends situation, then take a photo of them. Now - we need to be able to post these pictures in a new section of the patch dedicated to exposing them publicly. I would love to see all these pictures on the patch :)
Matt M. Casey (Editor) May 23, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I won't say that I endorse this practice, but we do have an announcements section where anyone can post anything we like. We also have a fairly open blogging tool. http://charlestown.patch.com/announcements/new http://charlestown.patch.com/blog/apply
The Workingman May 23, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I love it Matt!!!! You want to solve this poop problem when you apply for a dog license your photo is taken and kept on file. Then when you are seen not picking up after your dog someone can use this app. ( http://www.cityofboston.gov/doit/apps/citizensconnect.asp ) Snap a photo of incident report it then public works comes out if poop is still there then the picture is matched to license and you get a nice fine... Say take in account all the cost to send a worker so make first one $100 bucks I guarantee this problem is solved... 1. its easy to report someone and 2. it is easy to report someone Or take there picture to us we will post them https://www.facebook.com/fromtheworkingman
kmm May 23, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Love all this dog poop talk... Regarding the fireworks barge - I saw them lighting off rounds of fireworks around 10pm last night... Interesting.
JMH May 23, 2012 at 03:00 PM
As long as you approach them first, I think this would help; I have forgotten bags before (who hasn't) but still ran back to my house to get them and cleaned up the dog's mess.

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