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Barking dog poo DNA pilot popular ‘across UK and beyond’

PUBLISHED: 12:20 29 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:28 02 February 2016

More than 100 dog owners in Barking and Dagenham have registered their pets' DNA as part of a pilot scheme to wipe out the problem of dog mess, including  council leader Darren Rodwell, pictured here with dogs Wesley and Toby

More than 100 dog owners in Barking and Dagenham have registered their pets' DNA as part of a pilot scheme to wipe out the problem of dog mess, including council leader Darren Rodwell, pictured here with dogs Wesley and Toby

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Dog owners have been exercising their right to take part in a scheme to wipe out foul play.

More than 100 residents have registered their pets’ DNA in the Barking and Dagenham Council pilot, which hopes to reduce the number of foul crimes by tracing dog poo back to their owners.

“It’s early days but the scheme is proving to be popular,” said council leader Darren Rodwell, who signed up his pooches Wesley and Toby at the launch last month.

“It’s great news for our drive to wipe out dog mess and make a cleaner, better, Barking and Dagenham.”

The three-month long pilot is the first of its type in the country, covering Abbey, Mayesbrook and Longbridge wards.

Managing director of animal DNA specialists PooPrints UK, Gary Downie, said they had been “inundated” with enquiries from local authorities across the UK and beyond.

He added: “It’s been an overwhelming response. We haven’t had a paws to think!”

Dog owners in the borough who want to register their pets can pop along to local vets Goddards next week and get their pet swabbed for free, with micro chipping available for just £10.

Or head to Barking Park this Saturday, where you can register your pooch at PooPrints mobile registration van between 9am and 4pm.

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