Spanish city to use DNA to fight dog poop

/ 07:17 AM August 18, 2015

A picture taken on November 21, 2012 shows a DNA sample in a pipette at the laboratory of the French Association for Muscular Dystrophies (AFM) in Evry, near Paris. AFP

MADRID, Spain—Spain’s northeastern city of Tarragona plans to use DNA analysis of dog droppings to track down errant owners who fail to clear up their pet’s mess, local officials said Monday.

The coastal Mediterranean city will work with a local university to create a DNA database of registered dogs that could be used to identify its owner, Ivana Martinez, the city’s city councillor for public spaces, told news radio Cadena Ser.


Droppinga found on the street or in parks can then be matched through the DNA database to a registered pet and its owner issued with a fine, she said.

“Right now, unless the police is at the scene and the right moment, it is very difficult to know who is breaching the rules,” Martinez said.


Pet owners will have to cover the cost of the DNA testing in addition to paying a fine.

Martinez said the city wanted the database to be up and running “as soon as possible” but did not provide a date.

Tarragona, a city of some 135,000 people which is known for its wealth of Roman ruins including a seaside amphitheatre, has just over 2,800 registered dogs, according to city hall.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: DNA, Dog, Fight, poop, Spain, Spanish city, Tarragona
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.