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Key West Decides Where Dogs Can Go
New ordinance concerns dogs at restaurants
Dog chillin' in Key West.

Dogs in Key West have traditionally gone almost everywhere with their people, and that includes to many restaurants. People dining al fresco with dogs by their feet has long been a common sight on the island. Recently, a fine imposed by a new health inspector has changed this tradition, and dogs have been banned from one of the most popular canine hangouts in town. The Schooner Wharf Bar’s motto is “Hang with the big dogs” but now, dogs of all sizes are not allowed there.

 
A change in the current situation is possible, pending a proposed city ordinance that would allow dogs into the outdoor eating areas of restaurants that get a permit, follow the required health and safety requirements, and carry at least a million dollars in liability insurance. Dogs may soon go back to their traditional roles as dining partners on Key West.
 
Many people, including the mayor, support the ordinance, which simply legalizes the behavior that has been common practice on the island for many years.

 

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Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

Photo: by klwatts, Flickr.

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