Doggy DNA in Hoboken?

9/24/2008:

One Hoboken411 reader thinks tracking dog DNA in town would be a great idea!

Pooper Snooper

“I wonder if we could do this in Hoboken. After a few fines, the program would be fully paid.

Greeting from München, where people pick up after their dogs, recycle correctly, and you can take your beer from the bar to the subway on the way home. Makes one not want to return to the US.”

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKLG37942520080916

The city will use the DNA database it is building to match faeces to a registered dog and identify its owner.

Owners who scoop up their dogs’ droppings and place them in specially marked bins on Petah Tikva’s streets will be eligible for rewards of pet food coupons and dog toys.

But droppings found underfoot in the street and matched through the DNA database to a registered pet could earn its owner a municipal fine.

no-dog-pooping.jpgI find this system to have quite a few holes in it:

  • Do you think that “pet food coupons and dog toys” is enough of an incentive to get owners to submit specimens?
  • How do you prevent abuse? Like putting a different owners dog droppings in the bins instead?
  • How do you enforce it? It’s practically useless if you don’t have 100% compliance. The owners that submit – are likely NOT the offending ones.
  • Another way to waste city money by having too many employees in the CSI: Canine labs.

Ambitious idea – but in my opinion – a total waste of time.

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6 Comments on "Doggy DNA in Hoboken?"

globetrotter
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globetrotter

Wowee, so DNA testing is considered too expensive to exonerate many innocent people in prisons in the US, yet some German and Israeli cities are utilizing this technology to find illegal dog crappers? Has the world gone to the dogs–seriously? Which Pharma has the patent on this schtick?

Town Drunk
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Town Drunk

Maybe instead of those little carts that the cops have, they should have spent the money on some Vapoorizer

NotBnR
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NotBnR

Hobken made it into Freakonomics on this issue in 2005:

freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2005...imes-magazine-dog-waste-management/

lm24kc
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lm24kc

I see a few flaws here:
– Some Hoboken residents do not register their dogs. I am guessing those that aren’t conscientious enough to register are prolly the ones who don’t pick up poop.
– It is a lot of money to start up a DNA lab. The equipment and assays are extremely expensive, and maintenance is a pain.
– Do only Hoboken dogs crap in Hoboken? Ever heard of visitors? Also, many dogs that go to the dog parks are not from Hoboken…especially on weekends.

Even with this system, you probably only will solve half of the cases. Might as well focus on solving the many auto/property theft cases than excrement issues.

CharlieAParker
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Please, the author has spent a little too much time at the Wiesn.

A. I find Munich (like most German cities) has more dog crap unpicked up than Hoboken.

B. Biomüll? If you live in an apartment building where there’s only 1 pick up a week – GROSS.

C. BTW, you also have the legal right to ride naked.

Have an Augustiner for me! 🙂 🙂

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