The municipality of Weilerswist in the west of Bonn wants to tackle a stinking problem with a DNA analysis: Mayor Anna-Katharina Horst wants to do something about dog waste on the streets and in parks. Among other things, the non-party local politician asked the NRW Association of Towns and Municipalities whether a legal basis could be created to take DNA samples from dogs. In this way, it would be possible to determine which dogs caused the stinking piles - and which owners are responsible. Other communities are also interested in a solution, she reports.
The reactions to her initiative were mixed, reports Horst, who grew up with dogs herself. "What I get is mostly pro." She wanted to get rid of dog poop from public spaces. Their motive is not to fill the municipal coffers. "I rely on a deterrent."