Poop goes DNA.
Last August I first posted about the growing global problem of dog waste eradication. I detailed how the mayor of a suburb in Madrid, Spain developed an innovative solution to get dog owners to responsibly clean up after their pets. Now the Vice Mayor in Naples, Italy has developed an innovative solution that employs both science and technology. Each dog will be given a blood test for DNA which will be kept on file in a data base. When a pile of poop is spotted, it will be scraped up for DNA testing and then cross referenced with the data base. If a match is made, owners will be fined as much as 500 euros (approximately $685).
The program which is still in its infancy has its fair share of critics because the city of Naples is riddled in debt ($2 billion). Some officials/residents believe the money should be spent on the city’s infrastructure versus the costs associated with police and health workers dog waste patrols. The other major hurdle for Naples is the city’s canine population is estimated at 80,000 dogs.
Are you and your dog law abiding citizens?