Dog Walkers Rally Against New Restrictions

Bay Area dog walkers gathered at Fort Mason Wednesday afternoon to protest the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s proposal to immediately reduce the number of dogs commercial dog-walkers can take to popular parks in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties.

The GGNRA wants to implement an interim rule reducing commercial dog-walker groups to six, rather than eight, dogs at parks like Fort Funston, Crissy Field, Ocean Beach, Stinson Beach and others. This rule is part of the controversial 1500-page Dog Management Plan, which is currently undergoing a government-mandated review process.

Dog walkers say reducing the number of dogs they can take will hurt their business, resulting in higher rates for customers. The other option would be frequenting city parks instead of national parks.

That’s exactly what San Francisco City Supevisors are afraid of. They are against the Dog Management Plan because they say it doesn’t adequately address the overflow at city parks which will result from restricting access to the national parks and will be a drain on city resources.

See the rally and the full details in this KRON 4 report:

 

Follow all the latest updates on the GGNRA proposal with the Save Off Leash group’s website and Facebook page.

 

 

Dog Walkers Behaving Badly

Dog walkers are great. They help our pooches get a much needed break when we’re off at work. But what about those who walk ten, 12 or even 16 dogs at a time? Can they properly care for that many dogs at once?

San Francisco recently implemented some new standards for dog walkers; as of July 1, 2013, a dog walker must have a permit when walking 4 to 8 dogs, may not walk more than 8 dogs at a time, and must clean up after all dogs in their care.

But apparently, not every dog walker got the memo. Our KRON 4 News colleague Stanley Roberts went to Golden Gate Park to find dog walkers in violation of the new rules in his most recent People Behaving Badly segment.