• Dog DNA

Thanet District Council will be undertaking a dog DNA registration scheme pilot in collaboration with Streetkleen and BioPet Laboratories.

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.

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 mid-June. 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.

To register for the scheme please click here