A small town in Germany plans to DNA test every dog so it can fine their owners when they foul public places.
Peter Kornell, the mayor of Volkach in Bavaria, said the scheme would involve taking either fur or saliva from each of the 420 registered hounds in town.
'Unfortunately, we have to do it voluntarily because there is nothing in the constitution about a dog DNA databank being enforceable,' he said.
'But we are proceeding to log every pooch.'
'Any person who has trodden in their muck because their owners were too lazy or indifferent to clean up after them will know how distasteful and infuriating it is. 'So we aim to end it.'
The town council meets to approve the dog watch plan in February.