San Francisco dog parents fight leash laws
Jan 18, 2011
Dog owners in the San Francisco area are raising their haunches in protest at a proposed leash law produced by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). The legislation would restrict owners from allowing their four-legged friends to roam parks without a leash, reports The San Francisco Chronicle.
This is not the first time pet parents have voiced their concerns in the city. In the past, animal advocates have clashed with government officials over similar restrictions at parks such as Crissy Field.
"For a number of years now we have had confusion, conflict, friction, vitriol and shouting matches in the park," Howard Levitt, spokesman for the GGNRA, told the news source. "There is just tremendous confusion about where and when you can have a dog in the park."
It may not be easy to pass this new legislation. In 2001, when administrators proposed similar restrictions, approximately 1,500 people showed up to voice their disapproval of the suggested law.
Non-restricted dog parks may have some sincere benefits for canines and their owners, according to the P.E.I. Humane Society. Dogs that are able to run around off their leashes may be less aggressive and easier to handle.