According to some pet owners, a new program in Jerusalem really stinks. The city is planning to put together a DNA database of dogs which will be used to track down owners who allow their pet to defecate in public spaces.
Saliva samples will be collected from dogs during their annual veterinarian appointment, allowing authorities to put together a database of dogs in the city. This will allow law enforcement to test droppings and then locate the owner. The owner will be fined the equivalent of $193.
The pile left behind by the offending dog will be photographed as part of the crackdown.
“The municipality pilot project calls for establishment of a database of dog DNA to allow us to reduce the soiling of pavements, parks and public spaces,” said a statement issued by the city.
Veterinarian Dr. Zohar Dvorkin added that the agenda is not a way “to make money; it might even cost us money. The main thing is we won’t be stepping in dog poo when we leave the house.”