This week brings an interesting piece of news regarding doggie DNA testing. A town just east of Tel Aviv, Israel, is planning to use DNA testing to fight the problem of dog poop in public places. According to a news report, the city of Petah Tikva is requesting community residents to stop by and register their dog’s DNA sample with the municipal vet.
In return, dog owners who clean up and deposit their dog’s poop at designated containers will be rewarded with dog food coupons and toys for their pets after DNA testing has identified the owner. Those who do not clean up, and whose samples are matched to the registry, maybe subject to a municipal fine.
The plan, which is undergoing a 6-month trial, is currently voluntary and has received positive feedback from pet-owners so far, who in general want a clean neighborhood. If the trial succeeds, the city plans to make dog DNA registration mandatory.