Dog fouling DNA test considered
A Northern Ireland council is to consider using DNA testing to eradicate dog fouling on its streets.
North Down Alliance councillor Anne Wilson said technology was already in use in the US and Europe that allowed a database of dogs to be built up.
Last month, Northern Ireland became the first part of the UK to introduce compulsory microchipping for dogs. Ms Wilson said a DNA sample could be taken at the same time as a dog is microchipped at no additional cost to the taxpayer.
Other UK councils are believed to be considering similar trials.