Guide dogs for the blind have long enjoyed special legal status. Federal law also allows people with psychiatric and other disabilities to take their animals on buses and into other public places. But some critics argue that San Francisco is too liberal in licensing these service animals, saying they can interfere with guide dogs and pose a threat to public safety.
Joe Eskenazi, staff writer for SF Weekly and author of the article "Service with a Snarl"
Jessie Lorenz, director of public policy at Lighthouse for the Blind
Susan Mizner, director of the Mayor's Office on Disability
Rebecca Katz, acting director of The San Francisco Department of Animal Care and Control