Tracing dogs via DNA
12:01pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Letters
ENVIRONMENT Secretary Owen Paterson said: "It's ludicrous that in a nation of dog-lovers, thousands of dogs are roaming the streets or stuck in kennels because the owner cannot be tracked down."
Similarly, every day dogs are lost or stolen, they savage other dogs or are savaged themselves, they also attack adults and children, sometimes with fatal consequences.
Dogs also foul our footpaths and play areas, not because they want to, but because their owners are thoughtless, selfish and irresponsible, and do not clear up after their animals.
There would be no hiding place for breeders running 'puppy farms', because the dog and bitch would have similar DNA, eliminating the common practice of false blood lines.
Chipping a dog will only allow the authorities to track the owner, assuming of course that person has had their animal chipped.
My proposal is that if every dog had a DNA sample taken and held in a central database, then whatever the situation, be it lost, stolen, found, attacking other dogs or people, or fouling, a swab of the animal, its faeces, or from the savaged animal/human, would immediately expose all necessary information relating to the dog and owner.
Finally, whatever the cost, it should be borne by the owner/breeder. It then becomes part of the investment made in owning a dog, plus we wouldn't have the 'puppies are not just for Christmas' tugging on our heart strings.