Councils to use DNA to catch dog owners who leave poo

A London Council has taken a hard stance against those who don't pick up their dog's poo
A London Council has taken a hard stance against those who don't pick up their dog's poo

A CENTRAL London Council has sent out its rangers to collect samples of dog poo, which will then be subjected to DNA testing, in an effort to catch and fine irresponsible owners. 

Last week, via a press release, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council invited pet owners to a number of local events where they could register their pets DNA. 

"Officers from the council's environmental enforcement team and park rangers service will carry out proactive patrols in the pilot area to collect samples of any dog faeces in the three wards," the council announced.

"Samples will be sent to PooPrints to check for a match to any dog registered on their database.

"If there is a match, the owner will receive an advisory note warning of future enforcement activity.

"Although it won't be compulsory to register initially, the three month pilot is designed to gather evidence to enable the council to get tougher on inconsiderate dog owners later in the year."

Do you think your council should introduce DNA testing to catch owners who leave their pets mess?

This poll ended on 17 April 2016.

Current Results

Yes, if people know they will get caught it will stop them doing this


No, it sounds too expensive and there are more pressing issues


Maybe, it really depends on if it is cost effective


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Councillor Darren Rodwell, the leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said this measure may prove key to eliminating the problem altogether.

 "This scheme is about asking considerate dog owners to register their pet's DNA so we can wipe out dog mess in Barking and Dagenham and make a better, cleaner, safer borough," he said.

Owners leaving their dog's mess on beaches on the Sunshine Coast has been a longstanding, ongoing issue. 

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