Clark County Public Health now allows dogs at restaurants outdoor spaces

first_imgEach year, dogs seem to become more like people.You give your dog a voice. You dress your dog up. You set your dog up on blind dates (maybe even on a dog dating app). You take your dog to restaurants and breweries.It’s the latter issue that in recent years has created a pesky problem for Clark County. Since 2005 Washington code has prohibited all animals, except service animals, from being on the premises of food establishments.After Clark County Public Health fielded three complaints regarding dogs at food establishments in 2012, there haven’t been fewer than seven per year since. In 2017, there were 24 complaints, and 21 were recorded last year.But a new type of complaint manifested this year. Out of the 17 complaints received so far, a handful have been from people who want there to be outdoor areas available to dogs, said Brigette Bashaw, the food safety program manager at Clark County Public Health.“There’s been growing interest by food owners and the public to allow dogs in their outside seating areas,” Bashaw said.That prompted Public Health in April to create a variance to Washington’s food code. Dogs are now welcome at establishments that have applied for and received a variance, but other pets remain prohibited (sorry, cat lovers).last_img

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