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POLL: Should Dogs be Allowed on Restaurant Patios?

There's been lots of chatter about this issue. Take our polls and let us know what you think.

Dogs on Salem patios — during the summer, many of us have gotten used to the sight of dogs and humans enjoying the weather side by side.

Yesterday, Contributor on the Health Department's recent decision to start paying closer attention to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 272, Section 98A.

Legault reported the said there have been complaints about man and beast on the same patios, and enforcement may jeopardize the time pups and owners spend together at local restaurants.

Our columnist also reported the health agent is considering ways to allow exceptions to the newly enforced rule.

We want to know? What do you think about dogs on local restaurant patios?

Take our poll and let us know what you think in the comments.

gk July 31, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Just when one thought we were making some progress here in Salem, you have this. And listen to some these rants. Yikes!
Ellen Simard July 31, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I was in Germany recently at an outside restaurant patio with several dogs there. People didn't mind at all and neither did I. I'm sure there are birds, bugs, squirrels, and whatever else on those patios during the day and overnight. I ate off of a clean table and sat on a clean chair. I don't eat off of the ground. I had clean hands and clean dishes and utensils that the dogs never touched. They do it all over Europe. What is the problem?
Michael McNeil July 31, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I find it is never a good idea to suggest America should be more like Germany.
Ellen Simard July 31, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Miachael, that was not the point. That was just an example. The point was that it can be clean to eat outside with dogs on the patios as well. I wouldn't want to become like Europe in everything either.
Amaryllis July 31, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Every time some bratty kid is in a restaurant I ask if I can bring my cat next time. She's better behaved and much cuter. I'd rather see a dog than a kid in a restaurant any day!

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