DNA registration scheme launching in Thanet
A new project is to be launched by Thanet District Council to reduce the amount of dog waste across the borough.
The Dog DNA pilot registration scheme aims to build up a database of dogs in Thanet. In turn, this will help the council assess the extent of irresponsible dog ownership and provide evidence for a review of enforcement action.
“Owners need to take responsibility for their pets and clean up responsibly and we want to encourage more people to work with us to help keep Thanet clean and beautiful,” commented Cllr Suzanne Brimm, Thanet Council’s cabinet member for operational Services.
“DNA registration is not intended solely to catch those responsible for dog fouling, but also to make all owners think about other people and clean up after their pets.”
The scheme will last three months and will focus on those areas with the most reported complaints about dog mess, including Eastcliff and Central Harbour in Ramsgate.
Owners can register their dogs through a local vet or at one of the mobile registration days which will be taking place throughout the summer. They can also apply online to receive a testing kit by post.
Thanet District Council says that there are several benefits to registering with the scheme, including:
- positive proof of ownership using DNA will discourage pet theft
- help tackle illegal puppy farms through traceability of puppies
- improved health and wellbeing for residents and visitors through reducing uncollected dog waste in open spaces.
Cllr Brimm adds: “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 and this is just the first phase.”
Thanet District Council will launch its dog DNA registration scheme on Saturday 1 July at Government Acre, Ramsgate.