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Monday, November 29, 2010

'Three Dog Night' Law of the Land?

Posted By on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 7:45 AM

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The long history of tense behavior between San Franciscans and their dogs is well-documented. But it's not San Francisco but nearby Foster City that is proposing limiting the number of dogs you can march into a park to three.

That proposed rule change comes in reaction to a series of people and dogs vs. people and dogs events that, by San Francisco standards, seem positively small-time. Chargers weren't even filed in one altercation, while another man was bitten by his own dog when removing it from a fight.

While limiting the number of dogs one can tote to a park periodically comes up, often in response to newsmaking events, it has never taken hold in San Francisco. While the notion of licensing dog-walkers and limiting them to seven animals at a time has been broached, no one has come close to walking this one into law.

Per the city's health code, the keeping of four or more dogs (or cats) in one's home may run afoul of the law. But having four dogs at a park? No problem.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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