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THE entire Conservative group at Southend Council has tabled a motion calling for the creation of a dog poo DNA database.
The Tory group believes the measure will deter dog-owners from leaving poo on the streets, and hopes that inclusion on the database will eventually become mandatory.
The motion, submitted to full council this Thursday, October 24, is proposed by councillors Alex Bright and Tony Cox, then seconded by the rest of the group.
Cllr Cox said dog-fouling was a ‘massive issue’ for Southend voters.
He told the YA: “This has been done successfully elsewhere and does seem to reduce dog-fouling.
“It’s initially done on a voluntary basis, because dog-fouling gives good dog owners a bad name. But it can then be made compulsory, where if a dog is found not to be on the database, a fine can be imposed.
“There are companies out there that could run the database for the council. When we first proposed this, when we were briefly in administration, we had companies galore offering to do it for us.”
The group’s motion states: “Dog mess is an emotive issue and one of the most unacceptable and offensive type of litter on our streets.
“Members’ conversations with residents tell us that dog-fouling is an issue the public are most concerned about.
“Dog-fouling is not only deeply unpleasant, it is dangerous. Whilst rare, contact with dog excrement can cause toxocariasis – a nasty infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness or seizures.”
*The motion has been submitted ahead of this week’s full council meeting.
It will be automatically referred to cabinet, which will discuss it and make a decision. If councillors are unhappy with the decision, they can call it to scrutiny.