Scott Wiener Wants Dogwalkers to Pay to Use Parks

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Man's best friends, unless that man is Supervisor Scott Wiener
Last month Supervisor Scott Wiener launched his campaign against San Francisco's nudists and their chorus of exposed cocks. Now he's turned his attention to (naked) man's best friend. The supervisor says he will introduce legislation today cracking down on commercial dog walkers in the city.

If passed, the legislation would mean that dog walkers who use city parks to walk their gang of pups would now have to pay a business licensing fee as well as get permitted by the city. They would also have to get training and prove that their vehicles are safe and equip for carrying multiple dogs across the city.

Oh, and they won't be able to walk more than seven dogs at a time, according to Wiener.

"Commercial dogwalkers provide a critical service to the many San Franciscans with dogs," Wiener says. "This service must be carried out in a professional manner that respects city property and the other users of that property. There are many responsible and professional dogwalkers in San Francisco, and we need to ensure that the few irresponsible dogwalkers don't give the many good ones a bad name."

Wiener says he has worked with all the right people to get this legislation right, including dog walkers themselves. According to Angela Gardener of San Francisco Professional Dogwalkers Association:

"For the many professional dogwalkers who are well-trained, who know how to care for dogs, and who respect the city property they use, this legislation will legitimate them and will require dogwalkers who lack training or skills to get training," she said in a statement released through Wiener's office. "It will also provide firm standards to ensure that all of us in the industry operate under the same rules."

And no, Wiener doesn't own a dog.

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Dana

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Laura
Laura

That fee is waaay too low.  Should be 250 a month instead and everyone not just new dog walkers should have to pay for a permit and go through training.

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Dana

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njudah
njudah

more taxes on small businesses! yay! give twitter a tax break! yay!

sfsoma
sfsoma

Mr. Wiener is starting to remind me of the King of social engineering legislation, Eric Mar.  

voltairesmistress
voltairesmistress

Has Scott Wiener ever seen a piece of meddling legislation he didn't like?  Not if it concerns the smallest matter.  And not if it be used to expand fees, taxes, and numbers of municipal employees.

Janet
Janet

The number of dogs should be 8.  Why has he come up with this arbitrary number?  Eight dogs is a doable number and one that most professionals agree is a good number to settle on. Not 7!

Maria
Maria

Its about time.  Many smaller parks in the city have been overrun by dog walkers who try to bring up to 12 dogs at a time.  They don't control their animals or clean up after them.  IN many cases, individual dog owners can't use the park any more because its just to crammed with two or three dog walkers totaling over 30 dogs.  The dog walkers just stand around and yell at their dogs.  Very unpleasant all around.

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