The city of San Francisco is known for having more dogs than children so when it comes to a problem involving pets and their owners, it gets more attention there than in other parts of the Bay Area.
The issue of dogs running free at a park atop one of San Francisco's poshest neighborhoods has unleashed the ire of some locals, who met Thursday night with a city supervisor and the director of the parks and recreation department.
The problem centers on Huntington Park, a one-square-block patch of greenery at the apex of Nob Hill, where some residents have complained about poor enforcement of leash laws and others now worry about excessive enforcement.
A 73-year-old woman was hospitalized after being bitten in the leg by an unleashed dog at the park in November, according to police.
In December 2008, a 66-year-old woman was injured when a pack of unleashed dogs knocked her to the ground, police said.
Residents say there have been several other complaints in recent years about unleashed dogs in the park.
But when the Recreation and Parks Department stepped up patrols, some complained of overzealous enforcement.
Bay City News