PooPrints News Blog
"Having rats in backyard will attract feral cats. Compounding the dangers to pets and humans. Many people ignore these issues saying they don’t use the yard and is just for their dogs. But those same dogs walk in the yard indiscriminately and then enter homes. Spreading diseases, bacteria and parasites into carpet, beds and clothing.While a pile of dog poop is surely something to avoid, for rats, it’s a delicious gift of hearty food. As the city combats an ongoing rat problem throughout many neighborhoods, some residents who are fed up with the infestation are trying to get dog owners to clean up after their pets."
"Is forensic investigation the only effective combatant against the outsize entitlement that inevitably infects life in so many buildings in New York? When the board of managers and staff at One Brooklyn began researching DNA testing, they found a product called Poo Prints, the subsidiary of a biotech company in Tennessee. Since its introduction four years ago, more than 1,000 apartment and condominium buildings around the country have started to use it..."
"...The landlord could then determine the owner of the offending canine so that they could dispense the appropriate punishment. Needless to say, the landlord’s actions caused some controversy. As humorous as this situation seems, it highlights a problem that also exists in many strata complexes. Strata councils are often faced with complaints about lazy, irresponsible pet owners who believe that they need not follow bylaws or extend common courtesy to neighbours."
"Sheffield Council received 1,407 complaints about the issue last year but has said it did not have the resources to patrol parks around the clock. A spokesman said: “We do appreciate that dog mess is an issue in Sheffield, as it is in every city. However, we need evidence if we are going to issue fines. In these times of austerity we simply do not have staff available to patrol Sheffield’s parks around the clock, waiting for an offence to be committed.”
There are more than 30,000 dogs in Dublin and, each week, they make an estimated 10,200 kilograms of poo. For comparison, that’s weightier than the largest recorded killer whale. In 2013, a poll by market researchers Millward Brown found that 65 percent of respondents felt dog litter was a problem. Most people thought it was more of an issue than cigarettes, gum or graffiti...Now, Costello has come up with a three-pronged plan to deal with the poo: bins, fines and – tentatively – doggy DNA.