San Francisco supervisors howl against GGNRA off-leash proposal 

The political pressure is intensifying over the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s draft off-leash policy.

And that’s to be expected in a city where it’s estimated about 110,000 households own dogs, that’s more than the number of children in San Francisco.

On Tuesday, Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced a resolution that would put the Board of Supervisors “on record opposing” the GGNRA’s proposed dog policies.  

The plan “would not only curtail dogs, it would eliminate from the GGNRA a main group of recreational park users – people who recreate in the GGNRA with their dogs,” the resolution says.

The resolution criticizes the plan for not considering the benefits of having dogs off-leash, such as “needed exercise and socialization for dogs, nor does it include any consideration of the benefits of the social communities that have developed and flourished.”

Also, there is a failure to adequately address the impact on San Francisco’s parks as off-leash dogs would likely increase there, the resolution says. It calls on the federal agency to postpone any action on the off-leash policy “until a thorough study is conducted of the affect that its proposal would have” on the city parks.  

On Monday, the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee will hold a hearing on the GGNRA’s proposal. It will also vote on the resolution.

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