Italy has begun using dog DNA to track down owners who have allowed pets to defecate without cleaning up.

Authorities in an Italian province are planning to use mandatory DNA testing to reduce dog litter on the streets.

Dog owners in the northern province of Bolzano – South Tyrol will be required to submit their pet’s DNA to a genetic database.


Once the database is large enough, street cleaners and health officials will be able to collect abandoned dog poo, cross-reference any residual DNA with the system, then track dog owners. Will be able to trace.

Owners of registered dogs who do not clean up after their pets face fines of €50 to €500 (£43 to £430), while owners who refuse to comply with DNA profiling are fined €292 and € 1048 (£) to be paid between 250 and £899).

Dog owners in the northern province of Bolzano – South Tyrol will be required to submit their pet’s DNA to a genetic database.

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According to Paolo Zambutto, director of the veterinary department, there are about 40,000 dogs in the area, a quarter of which have already been registered.

The law requires dog owners to take their dogs to a clinic or municipal dog shelter for a blood test by the end of December 2023.

DNA registration will become mandatory from the end of March, with owners paying between €65 (£55) and over €100 (£85).

Zimboto said: “Bolzano receives a few hundred complaints every year from citizens about mismanagement of public land. More than half are for dogs.

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Owners who refuse to comply with DNA profiling must pay between €292 and €1048 (£250 and £899).

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“Law enforcement can only catch three or four of them because they have to go out there and do some sort of part.”

Zambotto did not provide an estimated cost of the project, but large fines are expected to cover any detection and administration costs.

Madeleine Rohrer, from the local Greens party, said: “It will just be an extra expense for the municipality and the police, who have much more to do.”

Filippo Maturi, president of the pet owners’ association Assopets, said: “It is an unfair law that does not solve the problem and which, above all, causes huge administrative costs.”

The law will only apply to locals, with tourists and non-residents exempt from the restrictions.

Franz Matthias Hintner, president of the Bolzano Veterinary Association, said the law “serves no purpose” and complained that tourists’ dogs would not be checked.

Provincial councilor Arnold Schuller said it will not only be used to clean roads, adding that the system could be used to identify pets in road accidents and dogs that attack people or other animals. can be done

A similar scheme was tried last year in Béziers, France, and Paolo Zambouto said other Italian cities were in touch.

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