RTS for Canine’s Lost Property

RTS for canine presents

Many dog owners are conscientious in caring for their canine companions when taking them for a walk. A few, however, choose not to pick up after their pets when the need arises. An interesting approach by the town council in a foreign country allows a dog owner to be reunited with his or her pooch’s presents.

In Brunete, Spain, the town council used a creative solution to correct irresponsible pet owners. A group of 20 volunteers were chosen to monitor pets and their owners in public places. When dog owners didn’t take care of their pet’s personal needs appropriately, the volunteer would approach an owner and ask about the pet. After the owner had left the area, the volunteer would collect the canine present, identify the address of the owner, properly package the present in a box, and mail it back to the owner with the label “Lost Property.”

The program was part of a week-long effort earlier this year by the town to address the problem of pet owners refusing to clean up after their pets. More than 140 owners received these special deliveries by mail. As a result of the efforts, violations decreased by 70 percent.

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2 Comments

  1. Grannybunny

     /  November 21, 2013

    I read that somewhere they are actually using DNA tests to legally identify the dogs who created the droppings. Seems pretty extreme. I sincerely hope USPS employees never have to handle such mailings.

  2. Jonn

     /  November 21, 2013

    Can you imagine if a package is accidentally opened in the mail stream? Yikes!

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