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Italy: Capri to use DNA to keep streets dog-waste free

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Capri, 8 April (AKI) - The island of Capri, a Italian summer destination for movie stars and other members of the super-wealthy jet set, aims to bust irresponsible dog owners - using DNA.

Capri mayor Ciro Lembo says it costs the tiny island in the Gulf of Naples around 5 million euros a year to keep the island clean and he won't stand for thoughtless dog owners leaving behind piles of Fido's feces.

"Do you really think we will let the reputation of the island whose beauty is coveted by the world be compromised by bodily needs left in the streets by inattentive or arrogant dog owners," Lembo said in an interview with Adnkronos.

The canine population on the island in the Gulf of Naples in western Italy numbers around 1,000, or one for every six human residents, according to La Stampa newspaper.

Blood samples for each dog will be filed and starting in June local government ecological workers will locate the excrement, call the police who will send a sample to a laboratory where DNA will be extracted and compared with the results of blood samples.

The process won't be cheap, but neither will the fine: up to 2,000 euros.

Lembo frames the doggie-doo issue in terms preserving Capri's pristine beauty, but all says it is a matter of public health. Eliminating stools from will keep passers-by safe from bruising and broken bones, he says. Or at least can keep a pair of pricy Prada shoes from the waste bin.

"In the past there have been unpleasant episodes, like tourists slipping and hurting themselves." said Lembo. "But there have also been unfortunate cases when the victim didn't get hurt but had to throw away some spoiled clothes."

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