Q. I love dining with my Black Russian Terrier, Eli at the numerous dog friendly restaurant patios in Sacramento. Why do some restaurants allow dogs on their outdoor patios and some don’t?

Julie S.

A. More and more, restaurants are recognizing the buying power of dog owners. So restaurants are welcoming pet diners onto their patios some even making special treats and providing bowls of water for their canine customers.

With the exception of recognized service animals, Health & Safety Code (H&SC) Section 114259.5  prohibits live animals in food facilities. A food facility is defined as an operation that stores, prepares packages, serves, vends or otherwise provides food for human consumption (H&SC Section 113789).

It is the right of a facility owner or operator to deny animals access to their premises; except for service animals and dogs under the control of uniformed law enforcement officers or licensed private patrol operators acting within the scope of their work duties.

Dogs must be excluded from an outdoor patio if they have to walk through the inside of the restaurant to get to the outdoor seating.

Bon Appétit or should I say Bone Appétit Eli and Julie!

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