Do you let your dog relieve itself openly? Have you never thought about cleaning up after it? Well, the Spanish municipality has come up with a novel way of dealing with the menace. The street cleaners of Mislata are set to collect samples of pet faeces, which will then be sent to a laboratory to trace the DNA back to the owner.
A statement on the City of Mislata’s council website explains that dog owners must enrol their pet in a mandatory canine registry by taking them to a veterinary centre to give a quick, free blood sample, before Dec 31, this year.
If the pet then leaves a mess on pavements and owners fail to clean it up, street cleaners will collect a sample and take it to a laboratory, to be analysed. The council’s new DNA analysis system will then identify the dog and link it back to its owner. The owner would have to pay up a hefty fine of €200 ($220), for negligence and littering.
“Remember to always carry a plastic or paper bag when you go out for a walk with your dog,” the council’s statement concludes.
The report by Time says that this is not the first instance of DNA dog poop testing. There’s even a doggie DNA lab in Knoxville, Tennessee, called Poo Prints, which helps condo and apartment managers identify the dogs which leave a mess on premises, across 30 US states.