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Michigan Senate OKs bill to allow dogs on restaurant patios

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

A new bill being considered in the Michigan Senate would allow dogs to dine with their owners as long as they're on an outside patio.

If you go to any metropolitan community - Chicago, Detroit, Royal Oak - you'll find patios that allow dogs to be.

Paul Barrera is the owner of Jake’s Old City Grill.

He said his restaurant doesn't have a pet patio policy per se, but as long as the pets are controlled he doesn't see it as a problem.

“There are certain things to pay attention to. Dogs have needs that are immediate, and that's what happens. It can create challenges,” Barrera said.

The idea behind the bill is to increase tourism but many who oppose the bill said pets and food don't mix, inside or outside.

“Yeah I don't see a problem with it, unless they're the type of dog that would jump up on the table or people eating. But the owners should know about that ahead of the time,” said one person.

The bill would permit only leashed dogs on patios and would not allow them to sit on a chair or customer's lap. The restaurant would also have to take care of dog hair and waste.

“As long as they're maintained and cared for like they should be properly, I don't see anything wrong with it,” said one patron.

Dog owners shouldn't get their hopes too high, the new law wouldn't require restaurants to allow dogs on their patios and local communities could still pass ordinances to keep them out.

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