Dogs on Ohio Patios

Dogs on Ohio Patios

If your dog is anything like many of our pets, nothing makes pets happier than coming along to eat with their best friends. A new law in Ohio could make this easier for thousands of restaurants in Ohio by formally permitting dogs on patios. On April 12th, the Ohio House of Representatives passed a law permitting restaurants to allow dogs on this patios under certain conditions. Under House Bill 263, dogs would be permitted in outdoor dining areas – with a couple caveats. Keep in mind that House Bill 263 now goes to the Ohio Senate for a vote, but so far, there hasn’t been any organized opposition to it. Keep your paws crossed! Here’s a look at the bill:

1. For Employees – No Touching

An employee could not intentionally touch a dog (which might be difficult to resist).

2. Dogs Must Use Disposable Plates

Any food or water served to the dog would have to be on a single-use plate or container.

3. Dog Owners Must Use a Leash

Dogs would have to be on a leash.

4. Business Owners Must Post a Sign

The establishment would have to post a sign informing patrons that dogs are allowed.

5. Business Owners Must Provide Waste Disposal Kits Outdoors

The business would have to keep cleanup and sanitary-waste-disposal kits available outside.

Read More About Ohio House Bill 263


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