Is this the answer to lazy dog owners?
I'm a dog-owner. Always have been. I walk my dog twice daily and pick up his poop. Often, I will pick up several other deposits. I figure no-one likes stepping over dog poop on the beach, at the park, on the footpath. And it only takes one lazy or disrespectful owner to leave the poop where it fell for a week for an area to become fly-blown and unhealthy.
Fines work to a certain extent, but does Tel Aviv have the answer?
The Guardian reports that each month, 500 kilograms of excrement is dumped on the streets of this Israeli city. But … it has launched a new scheme that will see every owner of uncollected dog poop tracked down.
It is now compulsory for Tel Aviv residents to register their dogs on a DNA database. Rangers can collect samples from any dog faeces left on the street, locate owners and fine them. Citizen sleuths can also take a swab of any offending excrement and take it to a laboratory for a DNA test.
"Then, you would cross-reference the results with a spreadsheet of all the dogs in the vicinity of your house in order to track down the precise pooch and punish the owner," The Guardian explains.
Seems like a lot of trouble? If it keeps everyone toeing the line, and happy, bring it on, I say.
Does dog poop annoy the heck out of you? Are you a dog-owner who picks up after other owners?