The San Francisco Board of Supervisors might gripe about the seemingly onerous plan to severely restrict dogs from roaming offleash in areas owned by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
But when it comes to that key question of how to handle dogwalkers who herd packs of dogs for profit, the Park Service seems unusually lenient.
Each commercial dog walker would be allowed up to six dogs in certain park areas, as long as the animals are kept under "voice control," which means owners should be able to stop their pups from disturbing people and wildlife with a shout.
Follow us on Twitter at @SFWeekly and @TheSnitchSFCommercial dogwalking has never been legally permitted on any of our national park lands. Commercial dogwalking will impact all park-user groups and set a dangerous precedent for all national parks!Commercial dogwalking provides no service or benefit to any park users. In fact, commercial dogwalking will displace park visitors, of all user groups, from trails and other areas of the park. Commercial dogwalking serves only for the capital gain of private enterprises at the expense of the American public.The costs of administering and overseeing a permitting process, additional law enforcement, additional resource maintenance, additional public relations will be paid for by the American tax payer! If permitted, it is estimated that commercial dogwalking will bring over 1,000 dogs to the GGNRA and net more than $30,000 for dogwalking businesses daily!Say No! Speak up now and tell the National Park Service to keep commercial dogwalking out of our national parks. Comments are due by May 29, 2011 and can be submitted online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/dogplan.