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Testing for DNA in Dog Poo

Will this be the long-term initiative to reduce the UK dog-fouling problem? In Barking and dog pooDagenham, Park Rangers will take samples from dog poo that owners have carelessly not picked up; these will be genotyped and the results compared to a DNA database of registered dog owners. Although it is currently voluntary for owners to register their dogs, by April 2016 it will be law to do so, at least in England. The aim of this innovative idea is to enable the councils to get tough on the inconsiderate dog owners, without having to catch them ‘brown handed’, whilst hoping to improve the cleanliness of the environment and to reduce the risks associated with dog fouling.

To find out more about the negative effects of dog fouling visit the BARC website.