10 Jun, 2019 @ 18:25
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Costa Blanca city wants to analyse dog poo DNA to catch owners

A COSTA Blanca city wants to analyse the DNA of dog faeces to catch their unsanitary owners.

Elche’s department of hygiene wants to introduce the high-cost tracking technology alongside an increase in fines to put an end to its soiled streets.

The councillor for hygiene, Hector Diez, described Elche’s estimated 20,000 dogs as a ‘social phenomena’ that is out-growing its owners’ conscientiousness.

Mislata, near Valencia, has already seen a 90% decrease in dog waste after implementing DNA analysis in 2016.

The municipality gave all dog owners a free ticket to have their dogs’ DNA recorded, before imposing fines of €200 for fouling and €300 for not having a pet registered.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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