Tel Aviv analyzes dog DNA and fines owners who don’t collect poop

by Kelvin
Tel Aviv analyzes dog DNA and fines owners who don't collect poop

The city council of Tel Aviv, in Israel, approved on Tuesday (13) a bill that creates a database of DNA of dogs. The purpose of the measure is to track and fine owners who do not collect their pets’ poop from the city’s streets. With this, the “genetic details” of the pets must be sent by the tutors when their licenses are renewed.

According to the newspaper Times of Israel, the municipal body explained that the legislative amendment “was passed as part of the municipality’s persistent fight against the phenomenon of dog feces not being collected by their owners across the city.” The law now passed provides for all current licenses for dogs to expire six months after the new rule goes into effect.

The regulation does not apply to guide dogs or those kept by animal protection organizations. City council representatives clarified that they had tried to solve the problem by increasing the fines for dog owners who did not clean up, but violations continued to occur.


How will the dog poop tracking law work?

According to a statement issued by municipal legislators, the existence of a dog DNA database will allow the collection of animal feces by officials responsible for urban cleaning, “enforcing the law against the dog’s owner, even after committing the crime”.

According to the website Ynet, in 2020, there were 6,766 calls and queries to the Tel Aviv municipal hotline about dog poop left in public spaces. Last April, the city launched a campaign, stating that “Cleaning public space is an integral part of the city’s appearance”.