In Guernsey, they are not messing about with dog mess.
Vale Commons Council in the British Crown Dependency is picking up after dog owners...but in order to catch them out.
The Council is doing the ‘collections’ to send samples to the UK mainland to have them DNA-analysed to track the offending dogs - and more importantly their owners.
Council officials are clamping down on the fouling of the popular L’Ancresse Common nature preserve by inconsiderate dog owners not cleaning up after their pets.
Council officials say they don’t want to be heavy-handed but that they are forced to “perform a rather difficult balancing act to make sure dogs are kept under control in all manner of their behaviours but also give people and their animals the freedom to enjoy the big open space.’