Israeli city uses DNA to fight dog poop
Oh my. It looks like doggie DNA is finally coming into play.
An Israeli city is going to reward or punish pet owners according by using DNA analysis. These DNA analysis of droppings will point to the correct sniffer who decided to have an "accident" on the street.
Under a six-month trial program launched this week, the city of Petah Tikva, a suburb of Tel Aviv, is asking dog owners to take their animal to a municipal veterinarian, who then swabs its mouth and collects DNA.
This DNA database will be used to match feces to a registered dog and identify its owner. Apparently, owners will be eligible for rewards such as pet food coupons and dog toys if they look after their dogs' and place their droppings in specifically marked bins.
However, if the owner of a registered pet forget to pick up the doggie droppings and authorities find a match through the city's database, then the owner could receive a municipal fine.
"My goal is to get the residents involved, and tell them that together, we can make our environment clean," said Tika Bar-On, the city's chief veterinarian who came up with the idea for the DNA experiment.
The DNA database could also help with research on genetic diseases in dogs and other may help identify stray animals.