The dog muck ditchers of Barking & Dagenham will soon be named, shamed and fined up to £80 under a new plan to DNA-test rogue poo on the streets of the borough.
The trial’s running next year, and since similar systems have reduced dog mess by as much as 90 percent in some areas of the States, the council hopes it will significantly decrease the £2.3 million they spend clearing it all up.
They’re encouraging owners to sign up to a doggie DNA register when they go to get their dog microchipped (it’s becoming a legal requirement in April 2016). They’ll then be able to quickly trace the poop back to the pooch with 99.9 percent accuracy.
The DNA scheme is just one of a number of super pooper plans being introduced in London at the moment. Camden Council has started shaming lazy dog owners by spraying poo bright pink rather than removing it.