California Permits Outdoor Dining With Dogs

Aug 23, 2014 11:37 AM by Vanessa Vasconcelos

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill permitting pet dogs at restaurants with outdoor spaces. The bill doesn't force restaurants to allow dogs, but it implements guidelines for how they can accommodate pets.

The bill requires a separate entrance for outdoor dining areas and dogs will have to be on a leash or in a carrier with their owner at all times.

While this may be a new bill there are already "pet friendly" places we can take our four legged friends.

The Pour House has been allowing us to dine with our dogs since they first opened their doors. They are one of the few places here in Chico that allow pets.

Dog owners say there isn't a big selection when it comes to pet friendly places.

Britt Carlson had that in mind when she opened the Coffee Ranch. They have a designated patio area that caters to dogs and their owners. It's called "Dog Parking."

While the bill doesn't mandate that restaurants with outdoor dining areas allow dogs, it does implement guidelines to accomodate. Pets will not be allowed on seats or benches and their owners are responsible for cleaning up after them.

Dr. Mark Lundberg of the Department of health says this bill just helps provide clarity on an already common practice in California and across the U.S. He also says people shouldn't be concerned about being put at risk of disease because of the dogs.


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