BENALMADENA is the latest on the list of Costa del Sol towns to approve measures aimed to end the common problem of dog mess left on the public streets.
At its latest plenary session the council gave the green light to a proposal to create a register of DNA of all dogs registered in the area. This will help identify owners who fail to pick up after their pooches and also work against animal cruelty.
Other towns where the scheme has been implemented have reported up to 80 per cent less mess left on the streets, meaning it is certainly worth a try.
As soon as municipal bylaws on pet ownership are modified, the council explained, resident pet-owners will have to take their dogs to the vets to provide a DNA sample.