Saturday, February 01, 2014

Objetos Perdidos

London, Paris, New York, Dublin ....

It appears everyone is getting in on the dog fouling act these days. The latest city to join the campaign and start to fight back is Madrid, Spain. 

Brunete, a small town just outside of Madrid has come up with an ingenious way to keep its streets clean of dog mess - by sending the offending deposits back to the owners in an official council box marked "Lost Property" or "Objetos Perdidos".

During the course of a week a team of volunteers patrolled the town's streets on the lookout for dog owners who failed to scoop. They then approached the guilty owner and struck up a casual conversation to discover the name of the dog.

"With the name of the dog and the breed it was possible to identify the owner from the registered pet database held in the town hall", explained a council spokesperson.

The volunteers then scooped up the faeces, packaged it in a box with the town hall insignia, marked it as "Lost Property" and delivered it by courier to the pet owners home!

In all, 147 "express poop" deliveries were made and the town has since seen a 70% drop in the amount of dog mess found in its streets.

Another town in Spain - Hernani - has taken things a step further and introduced a law forcing dog owners to register their dog's DNA with the council so that they can be traced if their poo is found in the streets.

Nice one Spain - but what if the owner does the poo in the street - how do you identify them ?


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