By developing a database of dog DNA linked to the dogs' owners, Naples hopes to eliminate dog waste from its sidewalks, the New York Times reports.

"Now, when I walk the streets, the presences have greatly diminished," says Captain Enrico Del Gaudio from the Municipal Police, referring to droppings. "Before, it was like an obstacle course. Every day, a child would walk into school with a little gift under her shoe."

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