A step in the right direction from outdated pet policies
By Jon Nelson
Good news! New York has adopted a statewide law allowing restaurants to let dogs venture onto patios with their dining owners.
This is a big step in the right direction, reversing a law that North American dog-lovers see as simply ridiculous and Europeans must view and completely absurd. Most European countries will let dogs into the restaurant to sit with their owners without even a second thought. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – we’re still in a predominantly canine-afraid part of the world and this new law could help change some unnecessarily negative attitudes towards pet owners and pets alike.
While this is a huge plus to dog owners who consider their pets a part of the family, as well as restaurant owners who hope to boost revenue with this new demographic of clientele, some individuals remain concerned about health risks. Though we understand the worry surrounding potential incidents of biting, we’d hope that dog owners would use their discretion with dogs who may not be suited to being around strangers in close quarters like a patio.
Get Leashed is very much on board with restaurants making their own decision about whether or not to open their location to dogs and hope that this decision will aid in public awareness that dogs pose little to no health risks by being allowed on patios.
Dr. Brett Belchetz, who has previously given us a great list of benefits to pet ownership, made the following statement regarding this transition:
“I don’t believe that there is any particular health risk to having dogs on patios. Clearly we don’t want animals in areas where food is being prepared, but in outdoor locations such as patios where other animals like birds or squirrels roam freely, it makes no difference to have the addition of domesticated pets,” says Belchetz.
So there you have it. A happy change to an outdated policy by one of the most well-known states and most closely followed cities in the world. If they’re doing it in New York, it’s only a matter of time until other big cities follow suit. We’re looking in your direction, Toronto.