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Doggie DNA Fingers Those Who Don't Scoop Poop

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Doggie DNA Fingers Those Who Don't Scoop Poop

Naples, Italy, is finally cracking down on a terrible sidewalk nuisance—dog droppings—with a truly scientific approach. According to The New York Times, every pup in the city will be given a blood test to create a DNA database of dogs and their owners. When piles are cleaned up off the streets, they’ll be tested to see if they match any canine on file. If so, the owner will face a fine of about $685. The city is already seeing a drop in dog doo-doo even though waste testing has yet to begin.

For more on man's best friend, see the Science News team's latest coverage of doggy science.

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