Council to run dog DNA pilot scheme in April

Thanet District Council is pleased to announce that it will be undertaking a dog DNA registration scheme pilot in collaboration with Streetkleen and BioPet Laboratories. The focus of the scheme will be to gauge how a district-wide initiative can have a positive impact on communities through the promotion of responsible dog ownership.

Irresponsible owners who let their dogs foul and do not bag and bin it will be targeted as part of the Council's zero tolerance campaign to raise awareness and carry out enforcement against offenders. This will be a phased campaign over the next eight months, with the first stage being dog DNA registration.

The scheme is intended to contribute towards delivering one of the council’s key corporate priorities – ensuring a clean and welcoming environment.

The visible effects of irresponsible dog ownership behaviour are all too easy to recognise, and the underlying cost to business, communities and the local authority are now more clearly understood. It is expected that this scheme will help reduce these costs.

Cllr Suzanne Brimm, Cabinet Member for Operational Services said:

“Dog DNA registration has been proven elsewhere to be very effective as the centrepiece of a zero tolerance approach to the minority of irresponsible dog owners who still don’t pick up after their dog. Thanet District Council has also recognised the wider benefits that dog DNA registration may provide. These include:

  • Tackling pet theft through positive proof of ownership using DNA. 
  • Tackling unscrupulous puppy farms through traceability of puppies.
  • Improved health and wellbeing for residents and visitors through reducing uncollected dog waste being encountered in open spaces, resulting in reduced prevalence of parasitic diseases such as toxocariasis.”

A pilot will be undertaken over a three-month period starting in April. It will take the form of a public consultation exercise and dog owners will be encouraged to voluntarily register their dog’s DNA free of charge (first 500 registrations). This will enable residents to experience the new service for themselves and ultimately contribute to its design.

The pilot will help assess the extent of irresponsible dog ownership across Thanet so that the council has better recorded evidence of these issues and can take appropriate action. Following the three-month pilot scheme, it is intended to review how enforcement action can be most effective, subject to evidence gathered from the pilot scheme.

Cllr Brimm has also worked with the students of Design Technology at King Ethlebert School to help raise awareness of dog fouling. They created ‘Clean it up’ stencils to remind people that it is their responsibility to clean up after their dogs.

You can watch a short video on the 'Clean it up' stencils here: https://www.facebook.com/ThanetDistrictCouncil/videos/10154269243901373/

Related information:

Thanet District Council's Corporate Priorities - /about-us/corporate-plan-2015-to-2019/corporate-priorities-2015-to-19/

LB Barking & Dagenham dog DNA campaign - http://www.barkinganddagenhampost.co.uk/news/dog_fouling_in_parks_down_by_60_per_cent_following_dna_pilot_scheme_in_barking_and_dagenham_1_4898517

Dog thefts - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36590425

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