Canine 'pugshots' in dog mess fight
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'Pugshots' to help tackle borough's dog mess fight

Barking and Dagenham Council is using DNA taken from samples of dog poo left on the borough's parks and streets to create a computer-generated image of the offending dog.

The aim is to find and fine the dog owners who failed to clear up after their pets.

The council has already piloted a scheme requiring owners to get their dogs DNA tested and logged on to the system as a condition to use certain parks.

Council leader Darren Rodwell said the authority is "not trying to be Big Brother" but wants dog owners to be "responsible and have civic pride".

  • 13 Jul 2016