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San Francisco dog owners hope to sway mayoral race

The AP reports from SAN FRANCISCO:

 There are more dogs than kids in the City by the Bay. So it stands to reason dog owners carry a lot of clout — so much so they believe their endorsement can sway the upcoming mayoral race.

Dog lovers have formed a political action committee to promote the interests of their four-footed friends, namely space to run free in one of the world's largest urban national parks. And they are calling on mayoral candidates to defend their stands on canine affairs.

"We expect the dog vote to be a game-changer," said Bruce Wolfe, president of DogPAC, which held a forum attended by several mayoral hopefuls Saturday.

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Antonia Tamer, left, and a woman who identified herself as "Cheyenne" walk their dogs in San Francisco. There are more dogs in the city than there are children.

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Bruce Wolf, President of DogPAC of San Francisco, pets a dog at Fort Funston in San Francisco on Sept. 29.

There are an estimated 150,000 dogs in the city, compared with some 108,000 children, according to the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the 2010 U.S. Census. More than 800,000 people are sandwiched into 7-by-7 square miles in the city named for St. Francis, patron saint of animals.

Seven of the 16 candidates vying for City Hall's top job in the Nov. 8 election attended Saturday's DogPAC forum, where candidates were asked about the cost of dog licenses, trash cans in parks where owners can dispose of dog waste and pet-friendly rental housing for people who want to adopt foster animals. Read the full story.

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Dogs walk off-leash with their human companions at Fort Funston in San Francisco on Sept. 29.