Proposed dog-walking cap increased to 8 plus personal dog

Supervisor Scott Wiener is on the path to succeeding where others have failed for years — implementing San Francisco’s first-ever regulations on the dog-walking industry. On Monday, his effort moved closer to adoption with an amendment to address concerns from dog walkers. Wiener’s legislation proposed capping the number of dogs one could walk at a time at seven. The board’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee voted unanimously Monday to increase the cap to eight, and in addition the dog walker could also have their own personal dog that “must be visibly identified as such.”

The Small Business Commission had previously voted to recommend the amendment after listening to dog walkers who said the seven limit was too much of an economic hit.

Wiener said he was willing to go with the increase to eight dogs after hearing the feedback. He said about 80 percent of the feedback he received supported eight dogs, while 10 percent wanted more and 10 percent wanted six dogs.

The legislation will be voted on by the committee Jan. 9, when it is expected to be sent to the full board for a vote.

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