Another chance to give your opinion about the GGNRA’s proposed Dog Management Plan:
SF Animal Control and Welfare Commission meeting
Thursday, March 10, 2011
5:30 pm (meeting starts at 5:30, but the GGNRA is the second agenda item, likely to start about 6:30 pm)
Room 408, City Hall
The Animal Control and Welfare Commission advises the SF Board of Supervisors on animal-related issues.
The agenda item calls on the Board to oppose the Preferred Alternative for a Dog Management Plan identified by the GGNRA (the plan that will cut currently available off-leash areas by nearly 90%) because it doesn’t consider the impacts of the plan on city parks, nor does it consider the impact on dog behavior, with an expected increase in problem dog behaviors as people find it harder to walk their dogs off-leash and because of overcrowding in city parks as thousands of people and dogs leave the GGNRA and go to city parks. This increase in dog behavior problems will likely lead to an increase in surrenders of dogs to city shelters, which, unfortunately, could lead to an increase in euthanasias of dogs at the shelters, as some of them fall through the cracks of the system. These impacts were not considered as part of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement the GGNRA released in support of its Preferred Alternative (they have to consider not only the natural environment, but also the cultural and social environment, plus the impacts on surrounding communities). The Board of Supervisors should oppose the Preferred Alternative that was developed without consideration of these important impacts.
Please come and let the Commission know what you think about the GGNRA’s plan for a new dog management plan. Let them know your concerns about the impact of such a drastic cut in off-leash open space on dog behavior, surrender rates, and euthanasias.
The meeting starts at 5:30 pm, but the GGNRA item is the second item, which is likely to begin around 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there! — Sally