New York will allow dogs to dine
New York will allow dogs to dine Marni Turner, and her 10-year-old Poodle "Dougie," visit at an outdoor cafe on New York's Upper West Side. New York’s pooches will be able to venture onto restaurant patios under a new state law that will allow restaurants to open their outdoor dining areas to canine companions. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
New York will allow dogs to dine
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Dogs may now venture onto restaurant patios under a new state law in New York, allowing restaurants to open outdoor dining areas to them.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law. States including California, Florida and Maryland have similar laws.

Dog lovers and many restaurant owners in New York support the idea, noting the pooches must be leashed and restaurants could choose to keep them out of outdoor eating areas. While health officials expressed worries, Cuomo said the law's "firm health and sanitary guidelines" strike the right balance.

"This action will give restaurants an additional option to boost revenue...by appealing to this new audience of dog-owning New Yorkers and their four-legged friends," Cuomo said.

Dog owners are delighted.

"I think this speaks volumes to where we are as a society and how most people with dogs view them as members of the family," said Kim Wolf, a New York City dog owner who works for an organization that helps people in poor neighborhoods care for their animals.

Restaurateur Michael O'Neal said he hopes the legislation will settle any uncertainty about bringing dogs to his Boat Basin Cafe, in Manhattan's Riverside Park. Dog owners often stroll through and sometimes stop in with their pets.

"In a park or in a sidewalk cafe, people should be allowed to have their dogs," O'Neal said Tuesday.

But health officials disagree.

The state Association of County Health Officials opposed the legislation this spring, saying it was "deeply concerned" about biting, sanitation and bringing "additional public health risks into food service establishments where none need exist."

But the association's members will follow the law, Executive Director Linda Wagner said.

As a Manhattan dog owner, Evelien Kong is enthusiastic about doggie dining, but she understands those who aren't.

"Maybe there's a happy medium," such as having dog-friendly and dog-free sections of restaurant patios, Kong said Monday night while walking her 8-year-old Shih Tzu, Gracie. "There has to be a healthy, mutual respect for both sides."

The bill's sponsor, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, said "99.9 percent" of people she's spoken with support the measure.

"Once in a while you hear, 'I'm never going to go to restaurants that allow dogs,'" she said. "That's the beauty of the bill: The restaurant owner gets to choose."

Legislation intended to help New York's cats didn't fare so well. Cuomo vetoed a proposal to fund groups that trap and neuter feral cats and then release them back into the wild. In the veto, he noted that releasing wild cats is technically illegal and that feral felines threaten local wildlife such as birds.

A recent Siena College poll shows dog owners may have more political clout anyway. The survey found that 57 percent of New Yorkers consider themselves "dog people," while 17 percent call themselves "cat people."

Overall, 30 percent reported having a dog, 20 percent live with a cat and nearly 10 percent own at least one of each.

Cuomo has neither, but his girlfriend, chef Sandra Lee, has two cockatoos.

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COMMENTS (47)
  • abbyf-lam
    11/05/2015 - 09:36 p.m.

    I think that this law could turn out good or bad. If it were to turn out good, it would mean that the people of New York are very responsible, and that it could be possible for other cities as well. If it were to turn out bad, it would men that people in New York are irresponsible, and that maybe it couldn't work out for other places.
    A possible downside to the law could be that people who are allergic to pets would have to avoid eating outside or not go to restaurants that allow dogs.
    I do agree with the Association of County Health Officials, though. If someone were to bring in a unsanitary dog, or an untrained dog, it would be chaotic. Plus,I'm sorry to say, it could make it easier for terrorists to sneak in bombs.

  • simonak-3-bar
    11/05/2015 - 10:11 p.m.

    This new law helps restaurants because dog owners can now take their pet to a restaurant freely, causing them to be more repetitive consumers. In the paragraph, it says, "Dog lovers and many restaurant owners in New York support the idea." This supports my claim because it shows that relationship between dog lovers and restaurant owners on the subject, and shows that they both like dogs. This supports my idea because they only other reasons that restaurant owners could support this idea is if they themselves own a dog or they just love dogs in general. This means that because not all restauranteurs own dogs, the only way they could support this idea is for the main reason they have a restaurant in the first place... MONEY.
    My opinion on this article is that, because I have a dog myself, I support this idea because I often feel guilty when I leave my dog home alone while we go out to dinner without her, so therefore I have sympathy for my dog.

  • austinw-day
    11/06/2015 - 12:18 p.m.

    I believe it goes both ways for all New York restaurants. In some ways it can be well because it boosts approval ratings and you'll get more attention. In turn, you would be more revenue and profits. On the down side, you'll have more animals in your restaurant. So if you have a lot of people in your store with a lot of dogs, the owners may not be able to control or just don't care of what their pets will do. You could have dogs attacking or threatening each other and the dogs scaring other people, which would ruin your reviews.

  • mathewb-day
    11/06/2015 - 05:31 p.m.

    This is one of the dumbest things I've seen in a while. This is what we're spending time on? Really? Sure its nice to be able to bring your dog to the restaurant but what if they need to poop, or if they wont stop barking or if they fight another dog or bite a customer. People are already sue happy, giving them this opportunity is going to ruin small local restaurants.

  • jackr-2-bar
    11/06/2015 - 05:39 p.m.

    This new law helps restraunts by like paragraph 4 states , "This action will give restaurants an additional option to boost revenue...by appealing to this new audience of dog-owning New Yorkers and their four-legged friends," meaning that these restraunts will make more money along with pulling a wider crowd of people therefor making more money. I personally think this article is cool and think that this law should be enforced in our neighborhood and it would also make eating out more fun to bring our puppy around.

  • dimyam-day
    11/06/2015 - 08:47 p.m.

    I don't know about anyone else but I like this idea and I don't even have a pet. It's just a nice gesture I think. Many people see their pets as a part of their families and would love to take them many places but most stores and restaurants don't allow animals. I'm glad governor Cuomo signed off saying it was okay, hopefully it helps increase the revenue and raise the economy in New York.

  • sydneys2-buc
    11/09/2015 - 10:09 a.m.

    I think this is a great idea as it will boost business for restaurants and allow people to enjoy a meal with their beloved dogs. It will enable people to order food for themselves and their dogs as well. However, I see how this could pose a potential health hazard if a dog were to pass along a disease or sickness to another customer. Overall I think it's a great idea if the restaurant made dog and dog-free sections.

  • ShawnaWeiser-Ste
    11/10/2015 - 01:47 p.m.

    How cool would it be to dine with dogs? All I can picture is the idea of a dog sitting at the table with absolute grace and eating food like a pro. I wonder how many other people saw this and thought the same thing.

  • laurend-day
    11/12/2015 - 07:36 a.m.

    My mother would love this article because she is obsessed with our dog and wants to bring him everywhere with her. Interestingly, this article highlights that now in New York, restaurants can open outdoor eating places that are dog friendly. I think this really will make many outdoor restaurants more appealing, especially in city areas with high pedestrian traffic because people love to walk their dogs. Hopefully, the dogs will be well behaved and enjoy their time out.

  • laurend-day
    11/12/2015 - 07:36 a.m.

    My mother would love this article because she is obsessed with out dog and wants to bring him everywhere with her. Interestingly, this article highlights that now in New York, restaurants can open outdoor eating places that are dog friendly. I think this really will make many outdoor restaurants more appealing, especially in city areas with high pedestrian traffic because people love to walk their dogs. Hopefully, the dogs will be well behaved and enjoy their time out.

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