SF Dog Walker Law Dragging Into Court

A dog walker pledges to fight SF's dog walker regulations.

By Chris Roberts
|  Monday, May 20, 2013  |  Updated 4:56 PM PDT
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San Francisco's new rules on dog-walkers may end up tangled up in court.

New rules regulating dog-walkers are scheduled to go into effect on July 1, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

But before that time, a dog-walker named Phoenix Asher Featherstone -- who in 2007 "helped sink a similar proposal" -- is trying to undo the law, the newspaper reported.

The law, which was approved in Feb. 2012, requires people walking four or more dogs to get a $240 permit, and also caps the number of dogs that can be walked at any one time at eight. Dog walkers also need to receive 20 hours of training and 40 hours of apprentice walking before they can set out on their own, the newspaper reported.

Featherstone wants up to 15 dogs to be walked at any one time, and wants the permit to be priced on a sliding scale that would go as high as $600, the newspaper reported.

She says she may fight the law over the "constitutionality" of the training aspect, according to the newspaper, because it "favors the SPCA model."

If she does go to court, the law's rollout and enforcement by the city's Recreation and Park Department could be delayed, the newspaper reported.

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