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Dogs Can Now Legally Brunch with Their Owners!

| May 15, 2015 Comment

Dogs Can now Legally Brunch with their owners! New York’s state senate on Wednesday approved by 60-0 a bill that would allow dogs in outdoor sections of restaurants, ending part of the prohibition on animals in restaurants under state health code.

The bill would still ban dogs from entering restaurants or going anywhere that food is prepared, and would require the pets be kept on leashes. Restaurants could choose whether to allow dogs or not; those that do would have to provide a separate entrance for canids and their companions. Dogs would have to be accompanied by their person.

The bill’s sponsor, state senator Kemp Hannon, people view their dogs and cats as family members, and this bill would allow them to accompany their family to restaurants. The bill, however, does not include cats.

Last year, California governor Jerry Brown signed a law that allowed dogs into outdoor dining areas. The New York state assembly will now weigh whether to approve its own bill, which was based on the California precedent.


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