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Tracking Dog Waste With DNA To Clean Up Italy’s Isle Of Capri

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Italy’s Isle of Capri is in a bit of a sticky situation—its mayor Ciro Lembo, says it costs nearly 5 million euros a year to keep the island clean.  And irresponsible dog owners are playing a big role with the clean-up, or lack there of, of their pet’s waste.

 

“Do you really think we will let the reputation of the island whose beauty is coveted by the world be compromised by bodily needs left in the streets by inattentive or arrogant dog owners,” Lembo said in an interview with AdnKronos.

 

To solve the problem, blood samples will be taken from the more than 1,000 canines on the island and beginning this June, government workers will be on the prowl for any waste that’s left on the streets and sidewalks by animals.  DNA will then be extracted and used to track down the dog’s owner.  The fine, up to 2,000 euros, may keep owners in check.

 

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