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San Francisco rallies for lax dog rules

Citizens from many communities rally together for legislation that will help their kids' schools, environment or other rights, but those in San Francisco are lobbying for the rights of their four-legged friends, the Associated Press reports.

There are more dogs than children in the city, and owners, who don't want the National Park Service to pass a tighter leash law, are using their numbers to pull for their wishes. Dog lovers formed a political action committee called DogPAC that aims to protect the interests of their canine friends, according to the news source. Currently, the group is fighting against the proposed leash law in the Golden Gate Recreation Area, Mercury News reports. They are also pressing officials about the cost of dog licenses, trash cans in parks, and pet-friendly rental housing.

"Our four-legged family members and companions are some of the most important partners in life," Bruce Wolfe, president of DogPAC, told the AP. "San Franciscans take their dogs very seriously."

It only makes sense that the city is canine-focused.The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that there are an estimated 150,000 dogs in the city compared with about 108,000 children. The city is named after Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals. 
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