Could DNA testing help solve dog-poop problem?

BOULDER - The City of Boulder says it has been dealing with a dog-waste problem for years, specifically in open spaces, trails and parks, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.

According to the Daily Camera, a city councilwoman suggested using DNA samples from dogs to later test dog waste found in open spaces. From that DNA, a dog owner could be tracked down and fined for not cleaning up after their dog.

The Daily Camera says dog waste in open spaces is the most frequently reported problem to the city and city leaders have been trying to find a solution to the problem.

Here's how the Camera outlines the dog-waste DNA collection and testing process:

  • A cheek swab would be added to the city's dog-registration process
  • The DNA information would be entered into a database.
  • When dog waste was found, the city would compare the DNA in waste samples to DNA samples in the database.
  • If there's a match, the dog owner would be fined.

The Daily Camera reported Boulder's open-space department would not discuss DNA-dog testing during the March 27 meeting and the topic of a dog-DNA database is not on the agenda for the Tuesday City Council Meeting.

The open-space department told the Daily Camera they have not fully analyzed the suggestion.

The City of Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks Department told 9NEWS they are considering all ideas brought forth from the community. But, they said in the past 18 months they have not considered requiring dog-DNA samples to help the city enforce dog-waste rules.

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