Sign indicating no dog poop

Dog owners in a southern French town are having to get their pets DNA tested under new rules to tackle the scourge of poop-strewn pavements.

The mayor of Beziers has introduced the mandatory tests, meaning street cleaners will be able to take samples from droppings they find in the centre of the town to identify the owners.

Those responsible for failing to pick up their animals' poo will be forced to pay a 120-euros cleaning fee.

"I'm outraged that some people never clean up after their animals," mayor Robert Menard told local radio France Bleu at the weekend. "We did a count: the town picked up 1,000 [dog turds] just in the centre. That's not right."

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