Two Companies, PooPrints and PoopCSI, Are Battling for the Right to DNA Test Dallas' Dog Crap

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You may remember Cedric Moses as the entrepreneur who tried to convince the Dallas City Council to implement a mandatory dog-poop-DNA-testing regime citywide and then, when that didn't work, trotted out actor David Keith of An Officer and a Gentleman semi-fame to do the same.

Moses failed to convince the council, but he succeeded in raising awareness about the ever-present dog poop scourge and, more important, spreading the word about the efforts of his company, PooPrints Texas, to fight it by tracking down poop scofflaws by DNA-testing feces.

Unfortunately, the amount of media attention Moses got -- and there was plenty of it -- was much larger than the number of people willing to pay to go all CSI on dog crap. According to a lawsuit filed on Friday in Dallas County, Moses fell behind on payments due under a licensing agreement with Tennessee-based BioPet Vet Lab, which holds the various PooPrints patents and trademarks. The company revoked Moses' exclusive distributorship agreement for Dallas-Fort Worth on May 15.

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But Moses was never peddling poop-testing just to make a quick buck; he's a true believer. Rather than take his failure with PooPrints as a sign that Dallas just isn't ready to DNA-test dog droppings, he launched a new venture, which he called PoopCSI.

On paper, so long as you ignore the spelling errors and strange capitalization, Moses' new venture is quite impressive, and not only because you can "TURN POOP INTO PROFIT":

We are the 1st Accredited crime lab dedicated to animal DNA profiling. We are the only domestic animal DNA testing laboratory to be accredited by the Texas Department of Public Safety. We are the only firm used by Federal Prosecutors to link Pet DNA from dog feces to convict a man in the home-invasion and rap of a woman in Texas. The Canine CODIS database in which we invented is the first multi-agency forensic DNA database of dogs. To help stop dog fighting & puppy mills using tools of the 21st century, the Missouri Humane society, the ASPCA, the Louisiana SPCA, and the University of California Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory have come together to establish the first ever database dedicated to combating the crime of dog fighting & puppy mills.

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How DNA from dog poo led to a criminal conviction, and what it was doing at a "rap" scene, Moses leaves mercifully opaque, not that a greater amount of detail would make the claim any more credible. Nor, logic holds, would the Texas DPS have any reason to partner with a shady dog-poop testing business. Matter of fact, none of Moses' claims seem particularly believable.

BioPet, which filed the lawsuit, has a theory on that. They're pretty sure Moses is inflating PoopCSI's credentials so that PooPrints customers will switch. Those suspicions were only heightened by Moses' claims that he'd cut ties with PooPrints because of "inconsistencies, errors, and false truths" in DNA test results and "several serious issues in the areas of customer privacy, reselling DNA and customer information."

All of that, BioPet says, is in violation of their previous agreement with Moses, and legal business practices more generally. They accuse him of false advertising, unfair competition, and trademark infringement and demand at least $100,000 in damages

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cedricmoses1
cedricmoses1

Shareholders, employees, or distributors/franchisees who paid $20,000+ and all parties with vested interests should have been made aware of even a pending lawsuit of that nature and magnitude.The fact they lost and were told to stop selling, distributing and claiming they could do these things and refused to do so yet encouraged distributors such as myself to push this product was totally unethical and against our vendor policies. As a concierge servicing some of the top property management firms we are responsible for all vendors we allow to service our clients, it’s our responsibility to make our clients aware of such potentially legal action and take the necessary steps to protect them even if it means losing our investment. BioPet/Pooprints had adversely affected the investments of their distributors and the future of their business prospects as well as the value of their company and neglected to notify any interested parties not to mention the numerous customer complaints for their other DNA related services.

http://www.marsveterinary.com/blogs/news/biopetandpetsafeexitcaninednabreedidentificationm arket.html

http://www.amazon.com/BioPet-DNA-Breed-Identification-Kit/product-reviews/B0015WNJ7I?pageNumber=15

http://m.knoxnews.com/news/2011/jun/30/biopet-sniffs-at-legal-action/

http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/vet-breaking-news/2011/06/23/judge-orders-biopetpetsafe-to-stop-selling-dog-breed-id-kits.aspx

Let’s be clear, before Cedric Moses introduced BioPet/Pooprints to his client based in the multifamily industry through his concierge services company, the service offered by BioPet/Pooprints had never been heard of within any of the top 50 property management companies Mr. Moses or his companies had dealings.Mr. Moses was the first distributor outside of the corporate headquarters of Pooprints located in Tennessee.BioPet/Pooprints attempts to paint Cedric as a disgruntled distributor, when in fact they reeling from the loss of their number one distributor, with the highest volume of sales who introduced them to their most lucrative business avenues.If you look up any PooPrints information for the last 3 years Pooprints-Texas/PoopCSI had more locations, more media coverage than BioPet/Pooprints has seen since their public embarrassment of being found guilty of dog DNA copyright infringement.

P.E.T CSI™ has not been sued by BioPet/Pooprints and making these statements is a diversionary tactic and a cheap unethical marketing scheme.It’s typical and we are not surprised since at the end of the day we are talking about Pet Excrement Testing.

Best regards,

P.E.T. CSI™

ScoopMasters.com
ScoopMasters.com

I think  the whole DNA testing is a good idea, but it will still not prevent irresponsible dog owners from picking up their poop. They will simply not provide a DNA sample for the data base. Better and more cost effectiveto just hire a professional pooper scooper. 

duanewmurphy
duanewmurphy

Sounds like BioPet is the one turning Poop into Profit now. 

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

How can a city that struggles to maintain basic infrastructure afford another boondoggle?  Are they going to DNA test all the stray dogs and cats as well?

wcvemail
wcvemail

When the scent is up, it's best for us to tread carefully, as life's droppings can pile up and...oh, never mind, but at least I tried.

mcdallas
mcdallas

This whole thing stinks to high heaven.

Darren
Darren

Snoop Dog better avoid those "rap" scenes

Jennie Harding
Jennie Harding

So apartment complexes can fine owners for not picking up their dog's shit?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Why do I need doggie poop dna tested, I can tell you whose dog it is that pooped, and then the owner leaves it there.  The owners do it so much, they just dont give a shit!

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

"We just get by however we can,
We all gotta duck...when the shit hits the fan..."

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