This is a summary. To read the whole story subscribe to BostonGlobe.com
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.