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NY Bill Would Allow Dogs in Outdoor Dining Areas

NY Bill Would  Allow Dogs in Outdoor Dining Areas

May 18, 2015

The New York State Senate has approved a bill that would allow dogs in “food service establishments”, as long as certain requirements are met. 

The AKC supports this bill, which would allow responsible dog owners more opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities and socialization with their well-behaved pets.

Senate Bill 4327 has passed the Senate, and both this bill and its companion Assembly Bill 5956 are pending in the Assembly Health Committee. 

Under these bills, dogs would be permitted in public “outdoor dining areas” if the owner chooses to allow dogs and the dogs are kept on leash or in a pet carrier.  The dining area must also follow specific guidelines, including having a separate entrance for diners bringing their dogs and prohibiting dogs from being on chairs, benches or other fixtures within the dining area. 

New York residents are encouraged to contact their State Assemblymember and ask them to support Senate Bill 4327 and Assembly Bill 5956.  Visit the New York Assembly website and type in your address to find the name and contact information for your State Assemblymember. 

The New York State Senate has approved a bill that would allow dogs in “food service establishments”, as long as certain requirements are met.

The AKC supports this bill, which would allow responsible dog owners more opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities and socialization with their well-behaved pets.