Dog Poop Patrol – DNA Testing Anyone?

Last year someone in Austin Street was very annoyed about the amount of dog poop littering the footpath.  A sign was posted on every second tree along Austin Street, asking people to pick up the poop and some bags were attached.  This person meant business.  Tidying up those steaming piles of unpleasantness is a nasty but necessary job; it’s called being a responsible dog owner.  Australia is home to 4.2 million pet dogs; each doggie produces a huge 1.5 tonnes of poop over its lifetime.

In England, a local council (ironically the Borough of Barking) is so sick of the mess being left behind that they are now trialling a Dog Poop DNA programme.  When dogs are microchipped, a DNA sample will also be taken.  So when an owner does not scoop up their dog poop a sample will be taken and the owner will be found via the DNA technology.  

The council said it will assess the scale of the dog mess problem during the trial and whether people who fail to come forward to register their pets are responsible for the majority of it.

Councillor Darren Rodwell at Barking and Dagenham Council said: “This scheme, which is in response to concerns raised by our residents, is about bringing considerate owners on board with us now, enabling us to gather evidence so we can get tough on inconsiderate owners later.”

The Pooprints technology – can you believe that there is an official name for it – originated in Knoxville, Tennessee, devised by BioPet Vet Lab,  This technology can also be use for dog paternity testing.

Of course another way to help with the dog poo problem is to put more plastic bag dispenser in place.  Yes, the Lane Cove Council has plastic bags at Leash Free Parks, but should plastic bag dispensers be available in Lane Cove Plaza and other shopping areas?  Last year, when ITC was overseas we  spotted these plastic bag dispensers evenly spaced along a well used walking track.

Dog Poo dispenser

So is Dog Poo a problem in your street?  If so, do we need more dog waste bag dispensers or do we need to look at something like DNA testing of dogs.  We would love to hear your thoughts.

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