DNA tests on dog droppings “ludicrous”

THE Mayor of Malaga has said the Socialist Party’s proposal analyzing DNA from animal faeces on the street in order to fine the owners is “ludicrous”.

The PSOE suggests that dogs’ microchips also contain their DNA sequence which would be kept on a database funded by a fee paid by pet owners.

Dog droppings found on the street could then be analyzed and the owners of the offending animal located and fined. However, the mayor, Francisco de la Torre, said that the suggestion shows “a lack of practical ideas in this matter and others” especially due to the cost of the project, which was rejected by socialist parties in other parts of Spain.

The first test to obtain DNA from the dog would cost between €30 and €75, and the same amount would have to be spent for each “object” which was tested for DNA.

The mayor, on the other hand, believes educating dog owners to be more responsible and making a positive example of those who are, is the way to prevent droppings on the pavements.

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