SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- There are more dogs than kids in San Francisco, and dog owners believe they carry a lot of clout.
They've formed a political action committee to promote the interests of their four-footed friends, and they're calling on mayoral candidates to defend their stands on canine affairs.
The president of DogPAC believes the dog-vote will be a "game-changer" in the upcoming mayoral race.
The big issue is whether dogs should be allowed to run free in The Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the world's largest urban national parks.
According to the SPCA and the 2010 U.S. census, there are an estimated 150,000 dogs in the city, compared with some 108,000 children. The city is named for St. Francis, who just happens to be the patron saint of animals.