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This Spanish Town Is Using Doggie DNA to Find Poop Offenders

No Dog Feces Signboard On Tree Outdoors
Getty Images Dog owners in the municipality of Mislata, in eastern Spain, who don't clean up after their animal may be traced and fined €200 ($220) through the DNA in their pet's feces (stock photo)

Street cleaners in Mislata will collect samples of pet feces and take it to a laboratory to be analyzed

Dog owners in a Spanish municipality who don’t clean up after their animal may be traced through the DNA in their pet’s feces, to try and keep the roads clear of unsightly dog mess.

A statement on the City of Mislata’s council website explains that dog owners must enrol their pet in a mandatory canine registry by taking them to a veterinary center to give a quick, free blood sample, before Dec. 31 this year.

Then, if their dog leaves a mess on the pavement that their owner fails to clean up, street cleaners can collect a sample of the feces and take it to a laboratory, to be analyzed. Thanks to the council’s new DNA analysis system, the dog will then be identified and linked to its owner, who will be contacted and given a fine of up to €200 ($220)

“Remember to always carry a plastic or paper bag when you go out for a walk with your dog,” the council’s statement concludes.

This is not the first instance of DNA dog poop testing. There’s even a doggie DNA lab in Knoxville, Tenn., called Poo Prints, which helps condo and apartment managers identify the dogs who leave a mess on premises across 30 states.

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