Posted by: Olumide March 3, 2014
The city of Naples, Italy, is implementing a plan to take DNA tests from dog poop to catch people who don’t pick up after their pets, according to The New York Times. If it turns out to be your dog’s turd on the sidewalk, you’ll be fined 500 euros. That’s about $690.
The high-tech tactic isn’t only being used in Italy, though. The trend has already spread to places like Israel, Canada, and in communities and apartment complexes in43 states across the United States.
Here’s how it works: First, dogs must be registered and have cheek swabs taken. This is how officials collect their DNA. (In Naples, they’re relying on blood samples, the Times notes.) When a small sample of poop is found, it gets sent to a lab to be analyzed. If it belongs to your dog, get ready to pay up.
The Knoxville, Tenn., bio-tech company PooPrints offers these services for between$34.95 and $59.95 per dog, depending on the size of the operation. Cedric Moses, the president of a competing bio-tech company called P.E.T. CSI™, says keeping a neighborhood clean comes down to financial incentives. P.E.T. CSI™ prices are between $29.95 to $49.95. P.E.T. CSI™ offers a comprehensive approach and a range of services from Virtual Pet Education, Aggressive or Restricted Breed Test, City Pet Registration Assistance and Dog Bite Forensics for Insurance Claims. We have been instrumental in solving animal cruelty cases as well as assault and murder cases against humans who either owned a pet or a pet was present during the crime.
“What we’ve seen is, when you start hitting people in their pocket they start paying attention,” Moses told CBS Dallas Fort Worth.
P.E.T.CSI™ (Pet Excrement Testing) system is the World’s 1st pet management system performed by an accredited genetic laboratory under the prestigious American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) and certified by the Texas Department of Public Safety. P.E.T. CSI™ is the pet technology of the future and the only one of its kind designed for felines (cats) and canines (dogs) with managed communities in mind.
Moses stated one of their taglines is we help communities “Turn Poop Into Profits” through Education, Registration and Identification.