Span­ish city to use DNA to fight dog poo

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

Spain’s north­east­ern city of Tar­rag­ona plans to use DNA anal­y­sis of dog drop­pings to track down er­rant own­ers who fail to clear up their pet’s mess, lo­cal of­fi­cials said Mon­day.

The coastal Mediter­ranean city will work with a lo­cal univer­sity to cre­ate a DNA data­base of reg­is­tered dogs that could be used to iden­tify its owner, Ivana Martinez, the city’s city coun­cilor for public spa­ces, told news ra­dio Cadena Ser.

Drop­pings found on the street or in parks can then be matched through the DNA data­base to a reg­is­tered pet and its owner is­sued with a fine, she said.

“Right now, un­less the po­lice is at the scene and the right mo­ment, it is very dif­fi­cult to know who is breach­ing the rules,” Martinez said.

Pet own­ers will have to cover the cost of the DNA test­ing in ad­di­tion to pay­ing a fine.

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