DNA tests to track down dog owners

Bag it and bin it - Councillor Derek Rosie wants Midlothian cleaned up
Bag it and bin it - Councillor Derek Rosie wants Midlothian cleaned up

Dog poo DNA tests could be introduced in Midlothian to clamp down on indiscriminate fouling across the county.

Proposals are at an “embryonic” stage but officers are to be asked to keep a close eye on a pilot scheme starting up in England.

The clean up after dogs is being called for by Penicuik councillor Derek Rosie (SNP), who says there is a 90 per cent fall in fouling in participating communities.

Irresponsible dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets foul in public places would be tracked down using the analysis.

Councillor Rosie believes those who refuse to pay a resulting fine should be “named and shamed”.

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