Now, DNA-test for dog droppings to track down irresponsible owners!

September 28th, 2008 - 6:00 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Sept 28 (ANI): With owners refusing to pick up their dogs mess, it has now been decided that a DNA test will be conducted on the animals droppings to track down the owner and send them a fine.

The approach has won support from councillors in Sydney, North Sydney, Woollahra, Waverley and Ashfield and is also being tested overseas.

The idea was generated by Genetic Technologies, Australia’’s largest canine testing laboratory, and it wants to implement the DNA testing scheme and is also preparing detailed submissions for councils.

According to them, dogs would be given a mouth-swab while they”re being microchipped at the vet and their DNA stored on a database.

The doggy poo will be picked up by council rangers and samples will be sent for testing to find a database match. Owners would then receive a fine notice for failing to clean up after their dogs.

Ashfield Councillor Nick Adams says dog droppings are an “enormous problem”” and has vowed to get the ball rolling on a feasibility study.

I support this idea and would welcome any initiative that protects the health of my residents and helps clean up the area, the Daily Telegraph quoted him as saying.

Even Israel has gone forward with the DNA-testing program, and has also started a system of rewarding pet-owners who scoop up their dog’’s mess and place it in specially marked bins. (ANI)

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