DNA Testing On Dog Poo
Dog mess is a huge problem, despite there being clear laws and fines for those who get caught, people still don’t bother picking up after their dogs. Councils spend millions of pounds clearing up dog poo and it’s very hazardous to children. Leaving dog poo lying around is extremely selfish and thoughtless. It’s a pretty difficult thing to enforce, because people have to literally be caught in the act and reported. However, this could be about to change.
Irresponsible dog owners beware, soon you won’t be able to get away with not picking up your dog’s poop. Even if you choose your moment wisely and get your dog to poo when nobody's looking, you will still be leaving evidence behind.
Some time in the near future dog poo could be tested for DNA to name and shame those who don’t bother to clean up after their dog. In fact, some councils are already looking at trialling this scheme. Barking and Dagenham will be the first council in the UK to use this forensic testing to catch irresponsible owners.
The council leader, Darren Rodwell explains, ‘Dog mess not only spoils our streets - it’s also a health hazard and especially to young children. It’s why we are getting tough on dog muck to make a cleaner, healthier and better borough.’ A pilot scheme is expected to run next year and the council are currently discussing how they will enforce these tests and fines.
The idea behind the DNA testing is to take a DNA test of the dog’s faeces and this can then be traced back to the offending dog and their owner. However, it does require dogs to have their DNA collected in the first place via a painless cheek swab. The DNA tests are said to be 99.9% accurate.
Dog owners in Dagenham could be given £80 fines if DNA of their dog’s poop is found and linked to them. Perhaps this might be enough to get people to pick up after their dogs. Knowing that they can be identified via their dog’s DNA may deter dog owners from leaving dog mess everywhere. It’s estimated that there are around 9 million pet dogs in the UK, and that results in huge amounts of dog faeces. The small minority of dog owners that don’t pick up are spoiling things for everyone else.
What do you think? Is this a step too far or do you think it will finally help to solve the dog mess problem? Do you think this scheme could run nationwide? Feel free to share your opinions below. You might also want to stock up on some dog poo bags, to view our hygiene products for dogs.