Italian city plans DNA testing to expose owners who don't clean up after pets

02/24/2014 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

In an effort to clean up the streets of Naples, Italy, the city has launched a campaign to employ DNA testing to identify owners who don't clean up after their pets. The city is home to an estimated 80,000 dogs, and residents say the mess left behind when owners don't clean up after them has become a major problem. The city will test found evidence and compare it to a dog DNA database, fining owners as much as $685 for neglecting to clean up their pet's waste. Blood samples from only 200 dogs have been submitted to the DNA bank, but one official says knowledge of the plan appears to be compelling owners to clean up after their animals.

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