London Borough Approves DNA-Testing Dog Poop to Find Owners Who Don’t Pick Up After Their Pets

There’s few things in this world that can ruin your day faster than a fresh pile of dog crap.

Besides the grossness factor, dogs’ fecal matter also carries harmful bacteria and parasites that can make people (especially children) very sick.

One London borough has had enough of people failing to clean up after their pooches. The borough of Barking and Dagenham — yes, that’s it real name — has announced plans to begin fining the irresponsible owners.

To do this, the borough is partnering with a U.S.-based company called BioPet Vet Lab to do genetic testing of dog poop. According to the BBC,

“DNA is collected by a quick “painless” swab, the council said, and the dog’s profile is added to a registry. Genetic information is then taken from dog mess and compared to the database. The tests are 99.9% accurate.”

 

If the DNA of the poop matches the DNA of your dog, you’re looking at an automatic fine of £80 ($120 U.S. dollars).

According to Eric Mayer, head of business development for Biopet Vet Lab, Barking and Dagenham will start with a pilot program that will only cover one or two dog parks.

However, the borough council plans to have wardens monitoring all 27 of Barking and Dagenham’s dog parks by April 2016.

Read more from the BBC and CityLab.

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