Condos in Braintree and Watertown using DNA to track littering dogs — and their owners

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A little snooping is paying off for Watertown and Braintree condominium complexes, where authorities are using DNA to track dog droppings to the offending animals – and fining their owners.

The forensic strategy is the latest high-tech approach to what property managers call one of their main headaches: dealing with dog doo. And the managers of both Devon Wood condominiums in Braintree Highlands and Repton Place near the Charles River in Watertown say the CSI-like tactic works.

Before Repton Place – which has about 25 dogs in its 179 condos — instituted DNA testing on June 1, canine waste was a major problem, according to site manager Matthew Harris of Mediate Management.

Barbara Kansky reports similar success at Devon Wood, the 398-unit, pet-friendly complex she manages.

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