Dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets in part of east London could be tracked down using DNA testing.
Barking and Dagenham look set to become the first council in the UK to use the technique to identify owners, who could then face fines of up to £80.
The Council currently spends over £2 million each year clearing up dog mess and employs a dedicated dog ward to deal with it.
- The council is working out the best way to register the DNA of each dog in the borough
- Samples could be taken at the same time dogs are microchipped, which becomes a legal requirement from April 2016
- Collecting DNA involves a cheek swab which is taken from the dog and sent to a laboratory
- The dog's profile is then added to a DNA registry
If an owner fails to pick up the mess after their dog, a quick test will be taken from the offending faeces which can be traced back to a registered dog with 99.9 per cent accuracy, according to the council.
A special forum will also look at introducing a pilot scheme which, if successful, will be rolled out across the borough from September 2016.
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