Al Fresco With Fido: NY Law Allows Dogs on Restaurant Patios

28 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cuomo Signs ‘Dining With Dogs’ Bill Into Law.

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed the state’s “Dining With Dogs” bill on Tuesday, permitting restaurants to allow dogs to accompany their owners in outdoor dining areas.Cuomo signed legislation Monday that allows dog owners to bring their cherished pets with them when they dine in the outdoor portions of willing restaurants. “This action will give restaurants an additional option to boost revenue and grow their businesses by appealing to this new audience of dog-owning New Yorkers and their four-legged friends,” Cuomo said. “I am thrilled,” said Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), who sponsored the measure. “New York is a city and state of dog lovers and this law will make it easier for people to bring their beloved pets with them as they go about their daily lives.” Although the city Health Department had raised concerns about allowing dogs in restaurants, the bill had the backing of restaurant owners who saw it as a way to attract customers.

The law, which takes effect immediately, lets New York restaurants decide whether or not they’ll open patio areas to dogs. “Taking the whole family out to dinner takes on a new meaning now that my bill has become law,” said Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D), who created the bill. “Restaurant owners can now cash in on all the doting dog owners throughout our state who had previously stayed home just to be with their pup.” The New York City Department of Health opposed the bill, calling the move “unsanitary.” But proponents argued the change could increase revenue for restaurant businesses and do wonders for pets and their people, like preventing dogs from being left in hot cars and promoting family outings. Rosenthal. “This law is a crowd pleaser for entrepreneurs and the pet loving community, congratulations New York!” said Judie Mancuso, President of Social Compassion in Legislation. Cuomo vetoed a proposal to fund organizations that trap, neuter and release feral cats. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

Cuomo said in a statement. “By allowing this additional flexibility and by establishing firm health and sanitary guidelines, this legislation strikes a right balance.” Marni Turner, and her 10-year-old poodle “Dougie” visit at an outdoor cafe May 19, 2015, on New York’s Upper West Side before the governor signed a new law permitting dogs on restaurants’ outdoor patios. (Photo: Richard Drew, AP) When it comes to feral cats, Cuomo weighed in against the surprisingly controversial bill, which had been at the center of a late-session flurry of lobbying before lawmakers left the state Capitol in June. The veto would have taken money from state dog-license fees and directed them toward nonprofits dedicated to neutering feral cats, which have become an increasing problem in many upstate towns and cities. He pointed to the state Agriculture and Markets Law, which prevents dog and cat shelters from releasing an animal other than by adoption or to an owner claiming it. “(The) prevailing science suggests that (trap, neuter, release) programs are not guaranteed to reduce feral cat populations,” Cuomo wrote. “And even if they do, (they) may take many more years to do so than existing programs.”

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