City officials in San Jose have now drawn the ire of a powerful special interest group: dog lovers. Parks and Rec’s budget has been chopped to the point that it says it can longer afford to supply free bags at San Jose’s nine dog parks so that owners can clean up after their pups, as the law requires. The city’s newest plastic bag ban is expected to save $111,000, according to the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services department, including the staff costs of stocking the dispensers. Acting PRNS director Julie Edmonds says while owners will have to bring their own bags, dog parks will still provide trashcans so owners don’t have to take full doggie bags home. Smelling an opportunity, councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio press-released his $1,000 to the Friends of the San Jose Rose Garden, which will be seeking donations to keep the dispensers in District 6 stocked. Oliverio’s donation came from a grant fund that the city gives each councilmember to distribute to non-profits. The purebreds in the swanky Rose Garden, however, won’t be the only canines enjoying sweet-smelling recreational facilities if the populist executive director of the San Jose Parks Foundation has his way. “We’re going to do it citywide,” SJPF’s Jim Reber says. Terri Festa, president of Society Dog, which sponsors events for women, men and their best friends, calls the decision to no longer offer the bags at San Jose’s dog parks a “bummer” but expects dog owners to continue to do the right thing.