Readers say no foul play in DNA testing dog poo

PUBLISHED: 10:38 04 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:52 04 May 2015

Dog owners could be fined following DNA testing of their dog's mess

Dog owners could be fined following DNA testing of their dog's mess

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DNA testing to catch rogue dog fouling is a poo-fect idea, according to 68 per cent of our readers.

A total of 65 people agreed with new council plans to identify owners, who will then face fines of up to £80.

There were 28 readers, or 29pc, who kicked up a stink, thinking the idea was barking mad and should be dumped.

Just two pc were undecided, treading straight down the middle – hopefully not stepping in any muck in the process.

The council revealed plans to carry out DNA testing on dog mess to identify owners who will then face fines of up to £80 at a Dog Fouling Forum at the Barking Learning Centre on Sunday night.

Responding to our story, Lee Dobbo Dobson wrote: “I think it’s a great idea. I’m getting sick and tired of coming out my gateway and almost treading in it.”

Tony Tolliday posted: “What a stupid idea how on earth do you enforce it?”

Dean Wardell wrote: “I hate poop in the streets as much as the next guy, but this does seem like an expensive & frivolous way of dealing with the problem.”

Ian Pearce posted: “The people who don’t pick their dog’s poo up are being trusted to be the sort of people willing to pay £30 to register for the chance of being caught and facing a further £80 fine. It’s an utter joke.”

PooPrints UK are now in discussions with the council about the plans of collecting the DNA and how it could become a legal requirement by April 2016 next year.

Streetkleen Managing Director, Gary Downie, said: “I believe the combination of DNA testing and enforcement could be the most effective means of ensuring owners are held accountable for their dog’s actions.”

The council currently employs a dedicated dog warden to deal with dog poo and other related issues.

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