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Dogs not just for patios May 9, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Food Drinks News.

Apparently outdoor dining is no longer good enough for man’s best friend. An Oregon state legislator thinks our hairy four-legged friends should be allowed inside all restaurants, as long as they’re leashed and well-behaved, that is.

Florida made it possible for cities to pass ordinances that allow dogs on outdoor patios, and several municipalities including Dallas have passed similar laws. But Oregon state representative Brian Clem likes his dog so much he thinks it should be able to accompany him inside restaurants. The bill he proposed would let owners discriminate against breeds and restrict dogs (and owners) to a “dog-friendly”section of the restaurant.

Neighboring Washington State considered a three-year pilot program to allow doggie dining on outdoor patios, but the legislature nixed it due to health concerns. Oregon’s environmental public health administrator says she’s opposed to the bill, admitting “I love dogs. Love them. But not around food.”

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