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Barking and Dagenham plans to tackle dog mess problem via DNA

By asking you to voluntarily register your dog's DNA. Wonder which smart Alec thought this would work

A council in East London has become the first to use DNA testing to try to track down dog owners who do not clean up after their pets.
Video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35379706

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parsonsmum
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22-01-2016, 03:08 PM
I don't understand how this will work. Surely it can only prove which dogs DIDN'T leave a deposit?
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Azz
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22-01-2016, 03:43 PM
It can prove which dog the poo belongs too... but only if the dog has been registered. But who is going to willingly do that?
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tawneywolf
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22-01-2016, 03:56 PM
As I always pick up it wouldn't bother me to register. Its often crossed my mind actually because there is a guy who lets his dog out of the back door straight onto the field, half the time he's not even with it, and it poo's everywhere, I have reported him to the council umpteen times, took a piccie once, but the dog had moved!!! So it could be proved it was his dog
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Chris
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22-01-2016, 05:01 PM
It would only work if there was compulsory registration.

Running a scheme with voluntary registration will only attract the responsible owners who will pick up anyway
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