A new tax break may aid in the battle to reduce the number of unwanted dogs in San Francisco if it becomes law. The idea, currently in the hands of the city animal welfare commission, would offer a reduction in tax of either 5 percent of the monthly rent or $200 per month, whichever is less, according to local television station KGO-TV.

The article claims that the number one reason cats and dogs end up in the city’s shelters is landlord rejection. With San Francisco home to many pet lovers who are also largely renters, the problem is huge.

There is even a little optimism from the landlord community. Janan New, SF Apartment Association, is quoted in the KGO-TV piece as saying, “It seems like something positive, a breath of fresh air, compared to the usual antagonism we suffer at the Board of Supervisors.”

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