Dog owners told to hand over pet’s DNA to tackle poo problem in Tel Aviv
The city of Tel Aviv will start requiring dog owners to submit their pet’s DNA for record with the city council.
It means the municipality can start to track down owners that let their dogs foul the pavements.
Apparently, the problem is so bad that council officials are removing over half a ton of dog poop from the streets each and every month.
Once the law takes effect, inspectors will collect samples from dog turds left uncollected in the streets. The DNA tracking will be carried out and a fine will be sent by mail to the owner who didn’t clean it up.
According to the Jerusalem Post, they will also be charged for the sampling and testing expenses.
A representative said: ‘The municipality, for its part, has worked hard to eradicate the issue of collecting faeces, by distributing tickets to dog owners, placing bag collection facilities in gardens and parks and establishing dozens of dog parks throughout the city – but this does not diminish dog owners’ responsibility to keep the public space clean.’
Tel Aviv citizens are very much dog people. It’s estimated there’s one dog for every 11 people in the city – a higher ratio than most other places in the world.