The Ridges of Cascade apartment complex near Grand Rapids is becoming one of the first Michigan managed communities to adopt the PooPrints system.

We posted about this last year, so it's kinda cool to see a Michigan company using it. The complex is asking dog owners (which makes up about 60% of their residents) to swab their pet's mouth so that they can develop a DNA database. This will allow them to keep track of which pet owners are NOT cleaning up after their animals. They face up to a $350 fine.

While I think this is a great idea, as I mentioned a year ago, I also don't see how it's cost effective. It doesn't "cost" anything to leave your dog poop; it's an inconvenience to everyone else, yes. But how does the apartment complex make money off of this? Does the fine go to them? I need to know more!

However, I do NOT condone leaving your pet's waste behind. They're your responsibility, so be considerate.