“I can only imagine what’s going on on the other side of this barrier.”
Governor Cuomo signed a bill on Monday allowing people to eat on restaurant patios with their 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 who proposed 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.”
It took four months for the governor to sign the bill after the legislature passed it in June.
Restaurant owners can decide whether to allow dogs, and they must have an entrance to the patio from the street so the canines don’t march through the indoor dining area first.
Other rules also apply.
Along with having an outdoor entrance, a participating restaurant must also have “reasonable signage” signaling pet dogs are allowed. Dogs must be on a leash.
Dogs are still prohibited from sitting on chairs, benches, seats and “other fixtures.” If the dog is served water or food, it must be in a single-use container.
And if a dog — ahem — does its business, the law requires it to be cleaned up.
In other animal-related news, Cuomo vetoed a feral cat bill.