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Pets On Patios Is One Step Closer To Reality

Grab your doggo and make sure they are looking summer ready. Your fur baby may be able to head out for patio season!


The Ohio House passed H.B. 263, a bill that permits dogs in outdoor dining areas. The bill has a few requirements, including employees not intentionally touching dogs, food and water dishes must be single-use, and the establishment must post a sign informing patrons that dogs are allowed. The business must also provide clean-up and sanitary waste disposal kits on the patio.

For pet owners, your doggo must be kept on a leash. Your dog also won’t be able to go inside with you, so be sure to have a friend nearby to watch your little nugget if you have to head indoors. Service dogs will still be permitted inside.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) who believes that allowing pets on patios will encourage tourism and encourage pet owners to go out more.

“We’re acknowledging the strong human-animal connection,” Lanese told the Dispatch. “It’s important for us to send a message that we on Capitol Square are going to step out of the way of businesses on Main Street whenever possible.”

The House passed the bill 79-9 and now it is headed for the Senate.

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