Want to drink a pilsner with your poodle or a latte with your labradoodle? While there are some places around town that allow it, currently Ohio bans dogs on restaurant patios due to the health code. But current legislation is trying to overturn that law!In a letter from one Ohio Health Department they explain “Live animals may not be allowed on the premises of a food-service operation or retail food establishment. Certain exceptions are allowed, such as a service dog helping a disabled person, as long as the animal’s presence doesn’t pose a threat to food contamination.
The letter concluded that because patios and open air bar-type areas are considered “food premises,” any ”‘pups on porch’ or similar events” are in violation of state health codes.
How You Can Help Change the Law:
A bill has been introduced in both the Ohio house and the senate that would allow the decision to be up to the business owner whether they allow dogs in their outdoor dining areas.
If you are an Ohio resident in support of HB263 and SB182, contact your State Rep. and let them know you want them to vote YES on HB263 and SB182!!
To find your Rep:
Head to www.Legislature.ohio.gov and click on the Contact link; find your 4 Digit zip code extension & contact your rep!